Newcastle United have been linked with Alexandre Lacazette, but do they have a chance?
Newcastle United are interested in signing Alexandre Lacazette, The Mirror reported over the weekend.
In the summer this may have seemed a laughable suggestion, and perhaps to many it still is.
Lacazette was the sensation of French football last season, netting 31 goals in 40 games in all competitions for Lyon.
This led to chairman Jean-Michel Aulas vowing to keep the striker, claiming he was worth upwards of 50 million Euros, reported The Guardian.
Yet this season he is struggling. Lacazette is suffering a crisis of form and confidence, and is yet to score a single goal in more than 700 minutes of football.
Lyon's commitment to him remains, but interested clubs will be intrigued as to how long the drought goes on.
Lacazette, 24, has a long-term deal at Lyon until 2019, but if he continues to fail to score, the Magpies could consider themselves to have a chance.
The Frenchman showed his talent last season, and interested clubs should not be put off by his goal drought this campaign if it allows them to sign him at a knock down price.
Lyon's £35m asking price is an affordable one to many Champions League clubs in today's game, but should his goalless streak continue, or if say he fails to reach double figures by January, a £25m bid from Newcastle may make Lyon consider their options.
Lacazette may want to stay in France and in the spotlight ahead of Euro 2016, as he looks to nail down a place in the starting XI, but it could be this pressure which is causing his problems.
A move to Newcastle, or another club out of his homeland, may be what he needs to rediscover his scoring touch ahead of next summer's tournament.