Report: Newcastle offer £18m for Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette [L'Equipe]

Steve McClaren will be hoping that the Frenchman is able to fire the Magpies to safety.

Newcastle have made an £18m bid for Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette, according to French newspaper L'Equipe, as Steve McClaren attempts to bolster his attacking options ahead of a crucial few months for the Magpies.

L'Equipe report however, that the Ligue 1 outfit have rejected the offer for their key man. But with Newcastle's history of recruiting players from France, it would not be a surprise if the club returned with another bid later in the window.

And with McClaren's side currently in the Premier League's relegation zone, and averaging less than a goal every game, it appears that they desperately need another striker if they wish to keep their heads above water come the end of the campaign. 

While the 24-year-old has been unspectacular this season - with six goals in 15 games for a Lyon side that have fallen from title-challengers into the mid-table pack - he proved last term just how ruthless he can be. 

His 27 goals in just 33 games made him Ligue 1's top goalscorer, and helped Lyon establish themselves as Paris Saint-Germain's nearest rivals. But with the side languishing this season, he may well feel that a move may be necessary.

Although Newcastle's current position is unlikely to fill Lacazette with much confidence, the stature of the club - as well as the success they have had with many unproven French players in recent years - may well tempt the France international to actually consider a move to the Premier League. 

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