Why Newcastle will have to bid closer to £36m than £18m to sign Lacazette in January

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Newcastle United are said to be interested in the French forward but he will not come cheap.

According to a report from French newspaper L’Equipe, Newcastle United have made an £18million bid for Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette. But before Magpies fans get too excited it is likely to take far more than that to tempt the French side to do business.

The report goes on to claim that Newcastle’s offer was swiftly rejected, and in truth any successful bid for the French international is likely to be at least double what Steve McClaren’s side allegedly put on the table.

There are a whole host of reasons why Lacazette’s price tag should be closer to £36million than £18million, not least his outstanding ability in front of goal.

While he has only found the net eight times in 22 matches this season, he finished the previous campaign with 31 goals in just 40 appearances – a superb record by anyone’s standards.

At just 24, Lacazette also represents significant value for money, with the player only likely to get better in the next few years, meaning he will have a substantial sell-on value if and when the biggest teams in Europe come sniffing around.

When you also factor in that Lacazette has a contract at Lyon until the summer of 2019 and with his side needing to climb up the Ligue 1 table in 2016 (they are currently ninth) why on earth would they accept a bid unless it is simply too good to refuse?

Newcastle could yet return with a significantly higher offer, but unless it is huge they are better off looking elsewhere.

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