Newcastle United seek to hijack Lyon’s move for Zenit St Petersburg striker Sardar Azmoun in a bid to bolster Eddie Howe’s attacking ranks
- Zenit St Petersburg striker Sardar Azmoun is attracting lots of January interest
- The 27-year-old Iranian international is out of contract at Zenit in the summer
- Lyon have agreed terms with the players but they are only willing to pay £3m
- That has left the door ajar for Newcastle to try to sign the Zenit striker in January
Newcastle United have made fresh enquiries for Zenit St Petersburg’s prolific striker Sardar Azmoun.
The 27-year-old Iranian international is out of contract in the summer and has been in talks over a move to Lyon.
However, despite outlining terms over a four and a half year contract, the French side were unwilling to pay more than £3million to sign him this month.
Newcastle have made a fresh move for Zenit St Petersburg striker Sardar Azmoun
That has left the door ajar for Newcastle who are looking for cover while Callum Wilson recuperates from a calf injury.
Azmoun has scored 11 times this season and impressed with goals in the Champions League against Chelsea and Juventus.
Newcastle are finalising discussions over a fee for Atletico Madrid’s Kieran Trippier but have been rebuffed in their initial £30m bid to sign centre back Sven Botman from Lille, who say the Dutch defender is not for sale.
Azmoun impressed with goals in the Champions League against Chelsea and Juventus