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Rumour Mongering: Liverpool Target Breakout French Striker

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After a breakout season in France last year, Liverpool are rumoured to be chasing £16M-rated Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette.

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For a few days, it seemed as though Liverpool had all but completed a deal to bring Swansea's bruising striker Wilfried Bony to Anfield for a fee of around £20M. At least according to the rumour mongers, since those with sources within the club remained tellingly quiet about the whole supposed deal.

Now, with the Bony talk having gone quiet, there's a need to fill the striker-shaped rumour mongering void that has surrounded Liverpool Football Club ever since it became clear Luis Suarez was on his way to Barcelona in exchange for a heft chunk of cash. To which, step forward Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette.

French site Mercato 365 kicked off the Lacazette rumours this week, suggesting the 23-year-old striker could be on his way to England for £16M. Liverpool and the Francophiles at Newcastle are the two clubs supposedly chasing his signature, though neither are believed to have launched a formal bid yet.

Lacazette is a speedy forward who can do a job at striker or on the wing, making him the sort of target Liverpool might reasonably be looking at given their needs in attack. With less than a goal every seven games in the weak French league before last season, though, his transfer would be a gamble on the player being ready to take the next step.

The signs he might be ready to do that, though, are there, as last season he scored 23 goals in 46 games across all competitions for Lyon. He also added seven assists in something of a breakout season, though it wasn't enough to get him into Didier Deschamps' France squad for the World Cup.