Newcastle’s attempts to sign former Arsenal forward Jeremie Aliadiere have been rebuffed buy Lorient.
Magpies manager Alan Pardew is desperately hunting for a striker, with Demba Ba having left the club to join Chelsea and Loic Remy likely to reject a switch to St James’ Park to sign for QPR.
This has forced the ex-Southampton coach to turn his attention to other targets, with Aliadiere appearing to match his list of requirements.
The 29-year-old has hit seven goals in 18 Ligue 1 appearances this term, helping his side up to seventh in the table.
He also has experience of the Premier League, having represented Arsenal, West Ham, Wolves and Middlesbrough before moving back to his homeland in 2011.
Some had speculated that an attractive proposal would tempt Lorient to sell during January, but their manager Christian Gourcuff claims that there is no way the player will be allowed to leave.
“I know his wife misses England but Jeremie will be here on February 1,” he told L’Equipe (via talkSPORT.)
Aliadiere moved to Arsenal as a youth player in 1998 and went on to force himself into Arsene Wenger’s first-team squad.
However, he was loaned to Celtic, West Ham and Wolves before joining Middlesbrough in 2007 for a fee of £2m.
He enjoyed a relatively successful spell at the Riverside, making almost 100 first-team appearances for Boro, before moving to Lorient on a free transfer.