Newcastle have not made a formal bid for Alexandre Lacazette after being told that the Lyon striker is not for sale.
Press Association Sport reported that while the Magpies have a long-held interest in the player and are desperate to boost their striking options this month, Lacazette is simply not available.
Reports in France claimed Newcastle had offered more than £18 million for Lacazette, but sources on Tyneside have said that was not the case.
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Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc has called for "very severe" sanctions after crowd trouble marred Marseille's Ligue 1 clash with Lyon.
The match, which finished 1-1, was delayed for more than 20 minutes in the second half as Marseille fans, whose team were trailing at the time, threw objects including glass bottles onto the field.
Blanc said at a news conference reported by L'Equipe: "It's not the first time and we need strong enough decisions to eradicate this.
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The wait is finally over. Four seasons after their last appearance in the Champions League, Lyon are ready to rekindle their love story with the world's best club competition.
The last time Lyon's fans heard the famous Champions League anthem live -- at a group stage match as they were knocked out in the playoffs by Real Sociedad three seasons ago -- Nicolas Sarkozy was still France's president; Corentin Tolisso, one of their rising stars, was just 16; and a young Alexandre Lacazette had dreadlocks.
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