President Rules Out Liverpool & Newcastle Purchase Of £15m Star Striker

Liverpool have been dealt a final blow in their chase for Lyon star Alexandre Lacazette, with the president confirming that there is no change the player will leave the club.

The failure of Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert to replace the goals lost with the sale of Luis Suarez in the summer means that the Anfield club are keen to buy another striker in January.

Daniel Sturridge’s injuries have been problematic for Liverpool too, and as a result, they have crawled to tenth in the Premier League heading into the Christmas period.

Lacazette would be an ideal signing for the Reds, having fired home a huge 17 goals in Ligue 1 this season, exactly the sort of goalscoring record that Brendan Rodgers’ side are lacking.

Newcastle were also linked with a move in the summer, and could have shown their interest again.

However, Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has once again ruled out any sort of sale, having said the same last month.

Aulas said: “It’s more than a desire, it’s a decision.

“It has happened, by obligation, that we say ‘No’ in the hope of getting a big offer, but this time, it’s ‘No,’ and it’s a question of strategy.

“We will not sell. We have just invested more than 400 million euros in a new stadium, so to sell our best players, who would enable us to play the Champions League in that stadium, would be to go against our strategy.”

Our verdict

Liverpool clearly need another striker, but it seems as though it won’t be Lacazette. This is the second time Aulas has ruled out his sale, and seems pretty set on that.


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