Is This Player Now Newcastle’s Number One Target?

If you believe the reports in January, then  Newcastle tried to bring in St. Etienne striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, after our top target Loic Remy of Marseilles took the money and went to QPR in mid-January – rather than join a top club like Newcastle United.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

St. Etienne striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Loic Remy will now be regretting that move – but maybe not.

We did think Newcastle were trying to bring in a top striker in January, after we failed with Remy –  and there were reports we put in a bid €10.5M bid (£8.6M) for the 6’2″ 23 year-old Gabon International striker.

He has been scouted by Newcastle’s top scout Graham Carr, and it’s clear we need to bring a top striker in over the summer, and it’s thought that St. Etienne did not want to sell their star striker half way through the season, but he’ll be available this summer.

Pierre-Emerick was at Milan from 2007, but he never played for the first team, and instead he was sent out on loan to Dijon, Lille and Monaco and then in January of 2011 he was sent on loan to St. Etienne until the end of that season.

That loan was then extended for the next season, but at the end of 2011 he was signed by the French club on a permanent basis, but we don’t know what the fee was.

And in January,  St. Etienne felt it necessary to put out a statement, which 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.”

Managing Director Derek Llambias recently said that Newcastle still have targets in France in the summer, and we think this lad could even be the number one target come June.

The Gabon International has so far played 78 times for St. Etienne with 29 goals.

What do you think?

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40 comments so far


    Feb 16, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #1

    yes please!

  • croftus5678

    Feb 16, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #2

    great strikers are few and far between and i think this lad is one and for 10mil it would be hard to find one of his quality in the prem !
    in carr we trust…i just hope he has strikers in his magic box.

  • Somerset Mag

    Feb 16, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #3

    We certainly need at least one more top striker. This guy looks like a possible.

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Feb 16, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #4

    wow this blog is dead

  • Tsunki

    Feb 16, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #5

    …Tumbleweed rolls by….

    This player is destined to be signed in summer. This has had so much coverage it is virtually identical to the Socks and MYM saga.

    Also –

    After some thought on this, next season will be a turning point imo, only thing really on my wish list would be Captain Colo to stay another season and win a competition with us. It would be a major morale boost for the team.

  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Feb 16, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #6

    Debuchy M’Biwa Taylor Santon
    Cabaye Tiote
    Benny Sissoko Gouffran

    Based on current form, Coloccini wouldn’t get in the team.


    Feb 16, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #7

    on thursday i think we should play a full strength squad as i do not understand this resting players, rotation policy. Messi and Ronaldo play every game and never seem to get tired

  • Tsunki

    Feb 16, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #8

    Mag til death – true because currently he is already on a plane home in his head.

  • bollance

    Feb 16, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #9

    In terms of our best 11 there are not too many areas we need to strengthen.

    Debuchy Colo MYM Santon
    Hba Tiote Cabaye Gouffran

    By my reconning we have 10 full internationals. The only non full int. being gouffran however his current form suggests he could overcome this limitation. We need around 9 more top players. Presumably colo is off so will need to be replaced. At £6-7m we will be able to bring in a suitable understudy for that much.

    Quality subs
    Marv (inconsistent)

    This is our big problem. We lack depth to our squad. Even after bringing in 5 new players there are not many names that stand out on our subs bench.

    So we need squad surgery. We need to cut our losses with deadwood in the squad and go wild replacing them. We need at least 8 new faces in and about 10 sales. 10+ players out on loan.

    Llambias forget going on holiday in July and sort out the squad

  • Markaccus

    Feb 16, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #10


    I would also say the same about tiote. Anita and perch are both ahead of him on form.

  • bollance

    Feb 16, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #11

    The only player in the above starting 11 we can afford to sell would be tiote as we have cover.

  • yo-yo

    Feb 16, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #12

    MOTD presenter Gary Lineker

    “Do not understand this resting players, rotation policy. Messi and Ronaldo play every game and never seem to get tired.”

    Mr Pardew – its not bad advice !!

  • DevonToon

    Feb 16, 2013 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #13

    Ok so we get everyone fit…. Who do you think is our best 11? And what system would you all play?
    Gk Krul – rwb Debuchy – cb yanga-mbiwa – cb colo – lwb santon – dm tiote – cm anita – cm cabaye – cm sissoko – cf ben arfa – st cisse…. so cisse up top on his tod with ben arfa roaming where he wants, id pack the midfield and keep them pretty narrow, with debuchy and santon providing the width. I feel between tiote (muscle) mbiwa (pace) and colo (brains) they can cover while the wingbacks push forward, and anita/cabs/sissoko can pick and choose when to go forward or hold back! And we still have decent options off the bench eg gouff, marv, perch, tayls, guti etc

  • Markaccus

    Feb 16, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #14


    That’s basically how barca play, roving wing backs, with one dedicated DM helping out the centre backs. Evertone else plays from midfeild supporting messi. I’d LOVE the toon to play like that! Probably slightly ambitious at the moment, though 😀

  • Dennis Twice

    Feb 16, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #15

    Surviving first…Toon vs Saints next goal

  • Dennis Twice

    Feb 16, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #16

    …we re on relegation battle.

  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Feb 16, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #17

    People who say Tiote is off form and not playing well need to get off his back! He’s not been as good as last year, but who has? No=One tends to realise the good passes he plays and always slate him for the bad ones, which the other night, were limited!


    Feb 16, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #18

    l can undertand the reasoning behind bringing in PEA.
    He can play on the right of a three pronged attack, Gouffran and PEA are very fast, can cross and both can play and score more centrally if needed.
    Gouffran on the left and Cisse through the middle, this would allow Benny to play in the hole and Sissoko to drop deeper.
    We still need a CD to challenge Mbiwa and Taylor plus someone like Mirin to replace Williamson

  • toonaids

    Feb 16, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #19

    and wing cover we should blaites be thinking of using santon as a wniger or at least cover and guti is shite although he does put in probably the most effort but he would be alright at right back at least for cover, i think we have such a diverse squad to say one is direct cover for a certain position is crap.

  • Ian Toon

    Feb 16, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #20

    Bollance– I agree that at the end of the season there should be a culling of the squad. We need a drastic upgrading of the younger
    element who have not grasped the opportunities that the Europa has afforded. Some of our so called youngsters are 21+ and don’t look remotely like making a breakthrough into the PL. Gosling has been unlucky with injuries but Ferguson, Tavernier have it all to prove.
    Maybe out on loan. We seem to have an abundance of good young
    CD’s but aside from Adam Campbell few ST’s. Let’s seek to buy
    Tom Ince who’s prospective re-sale value will appeal to Ashley.
    He looks class and worth a gamble. I am sure we’ll bring in a few more Bigi type prospects from the lower divisions. This would really freshen things up and rid us of the Simpson, Williamson types who
    really should not feature in the new brave world of NUFC you
    have outlined. I think MA and DL have learnt a harsh lesson
    in that the time for change is when things are going well. You
    can’t stand still if you want to progress.

  • Ian Toon

    Feb 16, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #21

    Bollance- sorry on my I phone.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 16, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #22

    Just read another ridicolous post from a poster called Moat1 eho suggested we sell Danny Simpson for 1.5M bearing in mind the transfer window is shut and he is soon out of contract,the same poster suggested we sell Demba Ba for 20M last January among many other podts I can’t recall,why would anybody who is so out of touch with the football world want to share his views on a forum,unless of course he’s on a wind up.

  • papscrunt

    Feb 16, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #23

    29 in 79 isn’t really outstanding in a poor league. But Carr has knicked some gems from over there so I’d trust his judgement. I’ve only seen him play a full game once and he didn’t do anything in that game.

  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Feb 16, 2013 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #24

    That Mertens lad is a real talent btw! He scored again tonight to equalize. Wijnaldum is unbelievably good too! SIGN EM BOTH UP!!!

  • barry_ben_arfa

    Feb 16, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #25

    i wouldn’t bother bringing in youths who are potential world beaters. no matter where they play james perch will come in and cover their position and give a half decent 6/10 tops performance with some risky late tackles that he’s so far got away with, decent positioning and passing that makes david batty look like iniesta. this guy is rubbish and he’s blocking tavernier, abeid, good and bigi from getting the games they need. he’s looked OK in a team playing bad but now the teams playing decent he’ll look substandard

    ps- whats with all the pop ups that are now linked to this site, im guessing thats why theres not many comments tonight

  • carl

    Feb 16, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #26

    Would you please translate your post. Or failing
    that someone explain the gobbledegook!

  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Feb 16, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #27

    Wijnaldum just scored! 2-1! Cracking little player!

  • sphinxhunter

    Feb 16, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    Comment #28

    I like PEA and, while his record isn’t really all that great, I think he could offer something now, improve and offer even more in the future. BUT, I prefer Wilfried Bony. I think he could take us the next step immediately and not only challenge Cisse but replace him. I also like Siem deJong and think he would offer real options in the AM area (we still don’t have enough class in that area). Then with Collo away next year, we will be desperate for quality in the backline, since Saylor will undoubtedly fall over again – Raylor & Perch & Williamson belong to a mid-table NUFC, not a NUFC challenging for a Champion’s League place.

  • bollance

    Feb 16, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #29


    We don’t want to be looking at the squad in a few seasons time and be thinking why certain players are still there.

    It is time to be ruthless which will free up spaces in the squad for players who have a chance of making it.

    That however means buying a whole new development squad.

    G Carr forget going on holiday for the next 12 months as we need 15 players which will allow a lot of players to continue their development on loan. Abeid and amilfitano for example should be playing in ligue 1 in France next season. The list goes on.

    We need to get this sorted so there is a defined route to the first team. Too many players have made a big leap like Sami, tav and fergie. None have played at championship level. Only Bigi stands out as having a chance and low and behold he has played in championship. It does not take a genius to see the problem.

  • bollance

    Feb 16, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #30

    The idea is fairly straight forward. Look to buy in 11 players aged 18-21 each season for minimal prices like we have done with Abeid and Bigi. Keep them in development squad for 1 season or less of possible. Then the following season send out on loan. In a season or two providing the first batch players are making good progress they should be playing in championship. Once they star in the championship the are ready for 1st team pool.

    Each season buy 11 development squad players for next to nothing. Low risk. At worst we will sell the players on making a small profit allowing us to buy more players the next season.

    So if we are boosting the club squad by 11 players plus 1st recruits then we need to be ruthless with youth and 1st team squads meaning players will need to be regularly released or sold if they don’t make the grade. Survival of the fittest.

  • Tsunki

    Feb 17, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #31

    Code Blue Code Blue. Blog death timed at 00.15 hours.

    There was nothing that could have been done. Switch the machine off.

  • t00ntime

    Feb 17, 2013 at 1:57 AM

    Comment #32

    Tbh i think we will go back in for remy in the summer. If QPR are relegated he will be available for 5mil. That has profit written all over it, i think aub will be plan C, after both remy and carroll.

    remy and aub are both alot better than carroll but AP and DL have both said they have a soft spot for him and at the right price wud have him back. I personally wudnt, not because of how he betrayed us for liverpool 2weeks after saying he will never leave. But because he has been bad since leaving us, at liverpool he proved he cant play in a good passing squad and at west ham has proven all he is good for is long ball headers. He has been awful and is barely worth 6mil nvm the 10/HBA thats been quoted.

    For me remy/aub are the best options and one of those 2 is a must. Though i wonder how many nufc fans wud be happy with remy. (i wudnt care about this QPR saga if he came in and scored 15/20 goals…)

  • toonicle

    Feb 17, 2013 at 2:00 AM

    Comment #33

    I’m holding out hope that we can grab Benteke when Villa go down. Him and Sissoko could be a ridiculous pairing.

  • 89Norcal

    Feb 17, 2013 at 2:06 AM

    Comment #34

    I used to think so too, but I have a bad feeling that Benteke would incentivize more longball play, since that’s what Villa often do with him high up the midfield.

    Krul is hoof-happy as it is, not sure I want to egg him on to continue. But then again, maybe we just lack a good aerial threat and Benteke would remedy that.

  • jimmysmith

    Feb 17, 2013 at 2:11 AM

    Comment #35

    Bollance, Surely Jonas, Haidarra and Taylor are good enough to remain in the first team frame next season.

    There are question marks concerning others but even Shola and Ryan Taylor would also I think have quite strong cases for retention.

    I’d be inclined to keep all those players and bring in a top class winger, striker and attacking midfielder as well as whatever top prospects we can unearth.

  • 89Norcal

    Feb 17, 2013 at 2:24 AM

    Comment #36

    At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I think it’s about time we considered offloading Jonas or phasing him out by shuffling the pack.

    Issue is WHAT is our plan for Santon? Was Haidara really bought in preparation to convert Santon to LW? Because then it’s possible we don’t need another winger at all, or at least could do with a young prospect rather than a senior player, and Gouffran could be a rotation winger/striker.

    Throw Guti at LB and have him compete with Raylor and Haidara or sell him.

    Then maybe consider a RW since Obertan isn’t quite cutting it? Just a theory.

  • t00ntime

    Feb 17, 2013 at 3:44 AM

    Comment #37

    @89norc pardew or anyone else at or close to the club has ever said santon would be converted to LW. All thats been said is that haidara will fight with santon for a spot and give him the possablity to rest. So no santon wont be converted anytime soon. with Gouff and HBA fit from monday on, i expect no more jonas from this sunday. If he gets a place above gouff or ben i’ll flip a lid. ATM we have no one better than jonas but with marv,gouff,hba all fit he better not start on the wing. My team for saints and probably our best team if everyone fit

    if that team plays and loses to southampton question will have to be asked. and if jonas starts above HBA, gouff, tiote or cabaye (in cdm) then massive question will have to be asked about AP.

  • Sav

    Feb 17, 2013 at 4:02 AM

    Comment #38

    “Then maybe consider a RW since Obertan isn’t quite cutting it” –
    LMAO – 89Norcal, you are a master of understatement!

  • toonicle

    Feb 17, 2013 at 4:05 AM

    Comment #39

    Norcal- But villa don’t have the midfield we do to provide good through balls and crosses. He’s young and is very good with his feet too when given the chance.

  • Moat1

    Feb 17, 2013 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #40

    Jail for Ashley
    id put simmo on a tempory 3month conract 2 get the cash


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