Lyon’s £12m hotshot offers Newcastle glimmer of hope for future

Alexandre Lacazette

Alexandre Lacazette has opted to remain Lyon this year but the French star has not ruled out a move away next summer, giving Newcastle some hope.

Newcastle United may have failed to land Lyon’s highly-rated young forward Alexandre Lacazette, but the Magpies could have a better chance of landing the France international next summer.

The 23-year-old has reportedly decided to remain with the Ligue 1 giants for one more season, giving himself more time to develop and gain top-flight experience ahead of a potential big-money move abroad.

Lacazette had previously been linked with a move to St James’ Park, with the Magpies believed to be keen on the Frenchman, who impressed for the Stade de Gerland side last season.

A tally of 22 goals in all competitions caught the eye of the Toon, with Newcastle seemingly willing to break the bank for the player, who was previously valued at around £16 million by his French employers.

But speaking in an interview with broadcaster Canal+, the player appeared to rule out a summer move, though he appeared to suggest that the situation would be reviewed next year.

"I’ve made my decision to stay for one year or more...There have been propositions from everywhere but after a lot of thinking, I decided it was better to stay," he said.

"We will see at the end of the season if I was right, but I think I have made the right decision."

Any future move to Newcastle could ultimately depend on the fortunes of the French side this term, though Les Gones started the season with a 2-0 win over Rennes at the weekend, with Lacazette scoring their second goal from the penalty spot.

The club recruited a new manager over the summer in the form of former Reims coach Hubert Fournier, who replaced former Arsenal player Remi Garde after he decided to step down for personal reasons.

With Champions League qualification a realistic target for the French side, a top three finish could see Lacazette remain at the club for another term.

But with Marseille, Monaco, PSG and Lille all among the likely challengers, finishing outside of these places could prompt Lacazette to have another look at the Magpies.

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