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06th Jan 2016

Newcastle reportedly make £19m bid for Arsenal target

Kevin Beirne

There was a time when any talented young Frenchman was simply linked with a move to Arsenal.

While that is still the case to some degree, there is now a second stage for the rumour mill to go through – linking that same Frenchman with Newcastle United.

Long-term Arsenal target Alexandre Lacazette has well and truly reached that second stage as the Magpies have apparently launched a £19m bid for the 24-year-old.

According to L’Equipe, Newcastle officials flew to Lyon to discuss a deal, but Lacazette himself was not interested in any move – particularly as this point in a season which includes France hosting a major tournament at the end.

The striker scored 27 league goals last season, and he could perhaps be holding out for a bigger club.