Report: Newcastle scouted Alexandre Lacazette on Wednesday

Alexandre Lacazette

Reported Newcastle United target Alexandre Lacazette was linked with Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea in the summer transfer window.

Newcastle United are interested in signing Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon in the January transfer window, according to The Sunday People.

The British tabloid claims that Newcastle chief scout Graham Carr watched the striker in action during Lyon’s Champions League Group H game against KAA Gent at the Ghelamco Arena in Gent, Belgium on Wednesday.

The 24-year-old France international, who has been struggling for form so far this season, failed to convert a penalty, as the match ended in a 1-1 draw.

The Sunday People claims that Lacazette, who has gone 706 minutes without a goal, was wanted by Premier League sides Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea in the summer transfer window.

Three potential problems

Despite Newcastle’s (reported) interest, The Sunday People has highlighted three problems the Magpies face in adding Lacazette to their squad in January.

The first hurdle is that the striker himself wants to remain in Ligue 1 for the rest of the season in order to secure a place in France’s squad for Euro 2016.

The second problem is that Lacazette signed a new contract with Lyon in August which will see him stay at the former French champions until 2019.

The Sunday People has also claimed that Lyon value the 24-year-old at £35 million. Would Newcastle be willing to pay £35m for a player?

Good player

Despite Lacazette’s struggles in front of goal so far this campaign, he is a player with undoubted quality.

The Frenchman scored as many as 27 goals and created 54 chances in 33 Ligue 1 appearances last season.

During the 2013-14 campaign, Lacazette found the target 15 times and created 41 chances in 36 league matches for Lyon.

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