Newcastle United’s pursuit of Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette is now over after the player revealed he is staying at the French club.
The club made enquiries about the 23-year-old a few weeks ago and he had remained a target for Alan Pardew.
However, after agreeing a three-year contract extension with his club, which triggered a clause which meant his price tag rose to 20millon euros, Lacazette has now confirmed he is not leaving Lyon – at least this summer.
He said: “I will be staying at Lyon – I want to continue my development here.”
Lacazette scored 15 league goals last season and is exactly the type of player Newcastle want to lead the attack next season.
However, the club, who still have money to spend after six signings, need to go back to the drawing board in term of who they will bring in.
The first-team squad are in New Zealand and have only recent signing Emmanuel Riviere as the only recognised senior striker.
Papiss Cisse is returning to full fitness and tweeted last week he was “almost back to normal.” However, his form over the past two season does not suggest he can be Pardew’s go-to man to at least threaten to score 15-20 goals next season.
Loic Remy will sign for Liverpool this week and, with the return of Andy Carroll a non-starter, an excellent transfer window is still missing a component.
Hatem Ben Arfa, meanwhile, could have his future sorted out this week.
The Journal understands his representatives are keen to secure their player a move if, as it does appear, his time at St James’ Park has come to an end.
The club have not denied Ben Arfa was fined for being overweight or the fact he has not been given a squad number.
It would be best for all concerned if his agent could do a deal with Newcastle this week, although the elephant in the room is the fact that there has been no great interest for the 27-year-old Frenchman.
One possibility could be QPR as Harry Redknapp is a fan and has a track record of taking on players whose careers have taken a downward spiral.