We had reported earlier today that Newcastle had put in a €10.5M bid (£8.6M) for St. Etiienne striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and there is news the French club have quickly rejected the bid. The 23-year-old Gabon international attracted interest from Newcastle some weeks ago, although Loic Remy was our number one target – but it does seem that Mike Ashley is trying to get another striker into the club before the transfer window closes next Thursday.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – while on loan at Lille
A St. Eitenne club statement read as follows:
“Following the rumors that have appeared in the media linking Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with a move to Newcastle, AS Saint-Etienne wish to make clear that the player, his agent and the club have collectively agreed to refuse all offers made thus far.”
Those last two words are significant - so the club may be looking for Newcastle to put in an increased bid for the striker, and certainly if Newcastle can get the lad in before next Thursday that would be good – and he can help ensure we avoid relegation, which is job one through the rest of this season.
Pierre will also get some experience playing for Newcastle over the next four months, and our squad will be in great shape come pre-season.
Newcastle have also been interested in Sporting Lisbon striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel – and he would be a fantastic signing – so whether Newcastle will test the Portugal’s revolve before next Thursday is a good question.
But we’d still like to see a fourth striker come into the Newcastle squad before the transfer window runs out.
And Alan Pardew has said today he would love to sign a striker from Gateshead – but that there’s nobody good enough – and that seems a reference to 27 year-old Gateshead-born Danny Graham, who is available from Swansea.
Newcastle have already brought in Frecnhmen Mathieu Debuchy, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Yoan Gouffran, Massadio Haidara and Moussa Sissoko this month, in one of the best transfer windows for Newcastle for a long time – and in January too - which is a very difficult transfer window to get good players through the door.
But where there’s a will there’s a way – and certainly Mike Ashley and company (Derek LLambias, Secretary Lee Charnley, and Chief Scout Graham Carr) have done very well this month in giving Alan Pardew the players he needs to fight off relegation and climb that league table through the end of the season.
Howay The Lads!!
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