French forward Alexandre Lacazette desperately wants a move to a Premier League side.
The Lyon striker has been consistently linked with moves to England, notably to ourselves, Arsenal and Chelsea – although he stayed in Ligue 1 last summer despite heavy speculation.
Liverpool spent big cash on Christian Benteke instead, when a fast, mobile forward in Lacazette’s mould would have likely been far more suitable.
Newcastle had a bid of £25m for Lacazette accepted in January only for the 24-year-old to turn them down (via the Mirror), but it seems he still wants to make an English switch come the end of this season.
“A departure? Yes, I think the Premier League is a very attractive for a player,” Lacazette told Le10Sport.
“But I know that to go, I have to play well this season. So i’m very focused and perhaps after that, I will leave.
“I know it’s possible to go in the Premier League and Lyon is also aware.”
Lacazette was brilliant in 2014/15, scoring 31 goals in total, but this term he’s only bagged 15 having suffered a very slow start to the campaign.
As a result, his chances of inclusion in France’s Euro 2016 squad are slim – although he’s improved much in recent months – scoring six goals in his past seven.
The attacker prides himself on pace and running, happy to pull out wide and stretch the opposing defence, much like Daniel Sturridge but very unlike Benteke.
We’ve no idea if Jurgen Klopp will choose to sign another striker this summer, as he’s got Danny Ings eventually returning from his long-term injury. Along with a healthy Sturridge, an ever-improving Divock Origi and Roberto Firmino – the German has plenty of centre-forward options – not to mention £32.5m Benteke who’s not a certainty to depart.
If Benteke is sold though, Klopp may bring a new face in due to Sturridge’s injury history, and Lacazette would be a decent potential option if available.