Newcastle United suffer striker setback

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NEWCASTLE United must switch their strike target attentions elsewhere after being rocked by a double transfer setback.

The Magpies saw their hopes of signing Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Michel Lasogga end yesterday after both players snubbed the club.

German Under-21 international Lasogga completed a move to Bundesliga side Hamburg, while Lyon frontman Lacazette wants to move to a side either playing Champions League football or on the verge of it.

The duo had been heavily scouted by Newcastle, with preliminary talks having been opened with both forwards.

However, United’s hunt for striking reinforcements to replace Loic Remy, Luuk de Jong and Shola Ameobi – a trio who won’t be returning to the club in the summer – goes on.

The Magpies had been keen on a deal for 22-year-old Lasogga, and held talks with the player and his mother last month.

But Lasogga decided to return to Hamburg, where he spent last season on loan from fellow Bundesliga outfit Hertha Berlin, scoring 13 goals in 20 appearances to keep them in the top flight.

After penning a five-year deal, he said: “It’s fantastic that this transfer has now been perfected and that my situation has been resolved.

“I’m delighted that I can continue playing for HSV. I hope this will be the start of a new and successful era.”

This news was followed by comments from Lacazette’s agent, who revealed the 23-year-old is looking for a move to a Champions League club.

United have been strongly linked with the Frenchman this summer, but his agent, David Venditelli, has appeared to rule out a move to Newcastle, though he could move to Liverpool or Everton, who are also interested in the player

Venditelli said: “Some English clubs are rushing to the scene.

“If Alexandre were to leave, he would leave for a team which plays in the Champions League, or at least one which is very close to it.”