NEWCASTLE are monitoring Arsenal star Alexandre Lacazette ahead of the January transfer window, reports suggest.
The Magpies' new owners are looking to make some drastic changes after their Saudi Arabia-led £300million takeover earlier this month.
The Toon are prioritising a new sporting director and manager after Steve Bruce's dismissal – but will then turn their attention to the transfer window.
According to the Daily Star, Lacazette is among their top targets and see him as a realistic signing due to his contract status.
The striker's deal with the Gunners runs out in the summer and it is highly unlikely he will sign an extension.
However, Newcastle will face some competition from West Ham, who are also keeping tabs on the France international.
Hammers manager David Moyes is looking for someone to add some depth to his frontline and play next to Michail Antonio.
Moyes needs more solutions for his attack as he is juggling Europa League football this season.
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Former Premier League star Kevin Phillips has urged Newcastle to go ahead and sign Lacazette as he would prove to be a difference maker at St James' Park.
Phillips told Football Insider: “I have always been a big fan of Lacazette. I think he’s a great player. He would be an amazing signing for Newcastle.
“He needs to play week in, week out. I get the impression he feels he is not loved at Arsenal. Perhaps he feels he does not get the credit he deserves.
“In my opinion, he is a class player. If you played him week in, week out, you would reap the rewards.
“If I was a Newcastle fan and Lacazette came in, I’d be very excited. I know he is blessed with a lot of talent. He’d be a great signing in January.”
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