Newcastle United target Alexandre Lacazette has admitted he is looking to move to the Premier League – but wants to play for a Champions League club.
The Frenchman has long been on Newcastle’s radar as they look to add to their forward options, and the Magpies were reported to have made a £19million bid for the Lyon player earlier this month.
Lacazette, who has also been linked with Arsenal and Liverpool, says a move to the Premier League appeals to him, but will look to move in the summer, not this month.
And he appears to have set his sights higher than Newcastle, who are fighting relegation again this season.
Talking about the team he will move to next, Lacazette said: “They should play Champions League and play good football, passing the ball and not just hitting it from box to box. Not kick and rush. It would not work for me.
I am thinking about it and the Premier League is very attractive for a player.
“But I know that to go there I have to do well this season. So I am very concentrated on doing well and maybe, after that, I will go there.
“So I know that it is possible that I will move to the Premier League and Lyon are aware of that also.
“There is no formal agreement that I will go but the president [Jean-Michel Aulas] knows that it’s a possibility that I will leave Lyon at the end of the season.
“I will stay at Lyon in January. I have some personal objectives to follow from now until the end of the season. Then at the end of the season we will see.”
Lacazette admits he has spoken to a number of Premier League players about playing in England, including Newcastle new boy Henri Saivet, who joined the Magpies this week in a £5million deal.
“I have spoken with Francis Coquelin and I know Saivet who has just signed for Newcastle, and then when I am with the French national team I talk to [Mamadou] Sakho, [Eliaquim] Mangala, [Bacary] Sagna and they all speak very highly of the Premier League,” Lacazette told the Telegraph.
“I like the atmosphere in the Premier League. The teams play attacking football and for a striker that is even more attractive.”