ALEXANDRE LACAZETTE is the latest high-profile Premier League star to be linked with a possible January move to Newcastle United.

With Newcastle’s new Saudi-led owners expected to make changes to the squad when the transfer window reopens at the turn of the year following last week’s successful completion of their £305m buyout of Mike Ashley, a host of players are being touted as potential targets.

Lacazette is one of the likelier options given that his current Arsenal contract is due to expire in the summer and he has so far shown little inclination to sign a new deal at the Emirates.

The 30-year-old has struggled for game time under Mikel Arteta this season, and appears to have been deemed surplus to requirements with the Gunners.

While Newcastle can spend around £200m and still remain within the limits of the Financial Fair Play regulations, Amanda Staveley, who is in charge of the day-to-day running of the club, is keen to take things relatively slowly.

Ideally, the Magpies will be looking to recruit players with Premier League experience at the turn of the year because the first priority for the current campaign is to avoid relegation, with Newcastle currently sitting in 19th position in the table ahead of Sunday’s home game with Tottenham.

Lacazette is a proven performer, having scored 50 goals in 130 Premier League appearances in an Arsenal shirt, and the Frenchman could be interested in a new start on Tyneside.

Jesse Lingard is another player who will be of interest in January, as he too is due to become a free agent at the end of the season.

The England midfielder returned to Old Trafford in the summer after a successful loan spell at West Ham in the second half of last season, but has been unable to force his way into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first-choice side.

He turned down a potential loan move to Newcastle in January in order to move to the London Stadium, but the Magpies’ situation has changed markedly since then and there is a good chance he will react differently if he is offered a permanent switch to the North-East in January.