Alexandre Lacazette has reportedly rejected the chance to join Newcastle United this January after the Magpies made a bold £23m swoop for the Lyon striker.
According to French publication RMC, cited in The Chronicle, the France international did not want to join a club that is struggling in the Premier League.
Why is this of interest to Liverpool? Because Lyon finally seem as if they are ready to sell Lacazette and we should be rushing to be at the front of the queue.
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We have been linked with Lacazette frequently over the past year, but dropped our interest when he signed a new contract in the summer, as The Express reports.
The 24-year-old would be the perfect signing for us. He is quick and skilful, a proven goalscorer and is capable of playing on the wing as well as on his own up front.
He would be the perfect replacement if we ever gave up on Daniel Sturridge, but could also play in the same team as the England man if he gets over his injury issues.
Despite still being relatively young, Lacazette has already played 208 times for Lyon, scoring 77 goals, 29 of which came in a mighty impressive 2014-15 campaign.
According to The Express, that form prompted attention from Manchester United and Arsenal, who may have been alerted by learning that he seems to be available.
They are not likely to be put off by Lyon’s reported £23m price tag – a fair one based on Lacazette’s potential – so we must act fast otherwise we risk missing out.
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