It seems Newcastle will face opposition from Italian goliaths Juventus if they are to land Lyon goal-getter Alexandre Lacazette, who has also been linked with Arsenal, Liverpool and Everton.
Sources in France were at the route of widespread rumours linking the 22-year-old with a switch to the Francophile Tynesiders in recent days, but it seems the Old Lady could cut in on the deal.
Alan Pardew has been heavily reliant on the goals of QPR loanee Loic Remy this term and Newcastle have failed to bag in the last seven games in which he didn’t start, making the hunt for replacement or reinforcements a priority.
Lacazette is enjoying by far his best season to date at L’OM, with his 20 goals across all competitions double his previous high watermark.
Members of the Toon Army sceptical of the recently minted French international need only tune in their television to ITV4 to play Joe Kinnear, with Lyon taking on Juve in Europa League action.
Second only to Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the Ligue 1 scoring charts, Lacazette is 11/4 to bag at any time against his Italian suitors having netted in his last two continental forays.
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Whether Juventus ultimately attempt to put a sizeable spanner in the works of a potential Newcastle move for the striker or not, it seems their rumoured interest has got him gushing.
The Italian website Tuttosport attribute the following fawning to the Frenchman: “Would I like to play for the Juventus? I’d be a liar to say no. Like everyone I am attracted by great experiences abroad and Juventus is one of the biggest clubs in Europe.”