It’s widely believed that St. Etienne 23 year-old striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is Newcastle’s backup target, should the Tyneside club be unsuccessful in signing top target Loic Remy of Marseilles in January.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – not for sale
The move for Remy is ongoing at the moment, with Newcastle expected to put in a first formal bid for the player in the next couple of days, although some news reports suggest the bid will not meet Marseilles’ valuation of the player – surprise, surprise.
But it seems Newcastle may also have trouble persuading French club St Etienne to sell if they do go after Aubameyang, since their Vice president has said the player will finish the season with them in France.
This is what St Etienne Vice-President Dominique Rocheteau told French radio station RMC today:
“There is a lot of talk about many strikers and Newcastle, but Aubameyang will finish the season with us.” “In football nothing is 100 per cent certain, but we plan on keeping him.”
Of course there’s a lot of shenanigans go on in any transfer window, and we wouldn’t think this is a very serious problem, if indeed Newcastle find they cannot tempt Loic Remy to Newcastle, and have to go after the less experienced Aubameyang.
But we are hoping it will not matter, and that Newcastle can get their number one striker target through the door, and the sooner the better as far as we are concerned.
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