News in the Evening Chronicle today that Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley watched Newcastle’s number one striker target – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang last night in France – and he was seen with Chief Scout Graham Carr.
Mike Ashley – watched striker target last night
St Etienne were playing at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard against league leaders PSG, and the game ended in a 2-2 draw after PSG had gone two goals up.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was not among the scorers, and it wasn’t surprising that Graham Carr was checking on the Gabon International striker, but we suppose the owner wants to see what he may be getting for £10M.
The news in January was that Newcastle made an £8M offer for the striker, but it was turned down by his club, and he said he wanted to stay at St. Etienne until the end of the season.
However, other top English clubs like Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool are said to be interested in the 23 year-old, but it does seem that he’s the number one target for Newcastle this summer.
The news on the player is that he is even keen to come to Newcastle to join the French contingent already at the club, and the visit of the Newcastle owner yesterday will do no harm at all, and in fact the news is that he was impressed that Mike was at the game.
Newcastle are essentially one experienced striker short through the end of the season, with Demba Ba having left in January, although the acquisition of Yoan Gouffran was made in January, rather than the plan to bring him in as a free agent in the summer.
It;s good to see the owner getting personally involved with the scouting – we didn’t think he’d have the time.
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