There’s news in the Daily Mirror today that Newcastle are busy lining up St Etienne striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and they will go after him if there are any hitches in the move for Marseilles striker Loic Remy – who seems to be the first choice for the Magpies.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Newcastle ready to go after this forward
French clubs tend to try to get as much out of Newcastle for their player as they can – just look at how Lille kept hiking the price up for Mathieu Debuchy in the summer – so if Marseilles do that then the Tyneside club will attempt to bring in the 23 year-old 26 times capped Gabon International.
A Newcastle source explained to the Mirror:
“When Mike Ashley decides what a player is worth, he never budges. Newcastle have a valuation of Remy and will stick to it. They have a Plan B, if it doesn’t work out.”
The 23 year-old plays as a forward and stands just over 6 ft tall and he started his career at AC Milan back in early 2007, and he was loaned out to Dijon, Lille and Monaco before joining Saint Etienne on loan in early 2011, and he finally signed for them on a permanent basis late last year.
At the French club he has played 74 times and scored 28 goals, so he certainly has a good eye for goal.
Pierre-Emerick was born in Laval, France of Gabon descent, and he has so far played 26 times for Gabon with 8 goals. Pierre is the son of former Gabonese international Pierre Aubameyang and is the younger brother of Catilina and Willy, who have both also played for the Milan youth teams.
But his value is quoted at around £9M, and we cannot see Newcastle paying that much for this lad, who is a bit like Jonas Gutierrez and wears a Spiderman mask sometimes – when he scores.
It’s good that Newcastle have a plan to fall back on if Remy is too expensive, and we hope they have another one if Aubameyang also turns out to be too expensive.
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