Newcastle ‘target Arsenal star’ in January in first transfer since takeover

Newcastle are reportedly targeting a move for Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette in January after being taken over by new Saudi owners.

The Toon are expected to spend big in the January transfer window after their £305m takeover last week.

Newcastle are expected to take drastic action in the January transfer window to avoid relegation, and are currently sitting in 19th position in the Premier League.

And it appears they have set their sights on out of favour Arsenal frontman Lacazette.

The Frenchman has fallen out of favour under Mikel Arteta this season, and has just eight months left on his contract, suggesting he will be free to leave next summer.

However, according to Spanish outlet Fichajes, Newcastle could offer him a way out six months early.

The newly-rich Premier League outfit are said to be ready to snap him up for a cut-price figure in January, or snap him up when he becomes a free agent in the summer.

It's thought that Toon bosses have drawn up a ten-man shortlist of star players, including Lacazette, they want to sign over the next couple of windows.

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Former West Ham, Celtic and Scotland striker Frank McAvennie has condemned Arteta's treatment of Lacazette this season, insisting he still has what it takes to play at the top level.

“You can’t leave a player like that out,” McAvennie told Football Insider.

“It makes no sense to me. [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang is a cracking player and I get he has to start.

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“But Lacazette is an excellent striker. He knows where the goal is and he can’t be happy about missing out.

“Maybe this is just because there is less rotation this year. There’s no Europe so there are less games.

“Yeah, this makes no sense to me. I would ask to leave if I was him. especially if things don’t change.”

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