Newcastle’s hopes of landing Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette could be severely hampered, with reports from The Chronicle claiming that Liverpool may turn to him if they sell banned forward Luis Suarez.
The Reds’ talismanic striker will miss four months of domestic action following FIFA’s decision to severely punish him for biting Giorgio Chiellini during Uruguay’s World Cup clash with Italy.
Some rumours have suggested that the Merseysiders will stick by their man yet again – ‘El Pistolero’ has been banned on numerous occasions for various digressions since joining the Anfielders in 2011 – yet many outlets have speculated that he will be sold to either Real Madrid or Barcelona for around £40m.
In the event that he goes Liverpool will look to bring in a player to replace him, with Lacazette a target.
Newcastle were thought to be leading the race for the talented Frenchman, but they are unlikely to be able to compete with the Premier League runners-up, who can offer greater wages and Champions League football.
Lacazette bagged 22 goals for Lyon last season, but is likely to be sold for as little as £10m as the Ligue 1 giants look to cope with their difficult financial situation.