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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