Newcastle May Be Priced Out Of Top Transfer Target


Newcastle’s number one striker target Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is attracting attention as he continues to hit the goals for his French club St. Etienne.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – many clubs interested

Aubameyang scored after just eight minutes in St. Etienne 2-2 draw yesterday at Troyes, and he now has 17 French league goals this season in 24 appearances, and he stands in second place in the goalscoring charts, eight goals behind PSG’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Newcastle have been interested in the striker for a while now, and Newcastle were reported to have bid £8M for him in the January transfer window to replace Demba Ba, who left for Chelsea but his club flatly turned down the offer.

The Gabon International is also attracting interest from other clubs in Europe, including Paris Saint-Germain, Fiorentina and Borussia Dortmund, and it seems that St. Etienne want £10M for him, but that could rise because of the number of clubs tracking the 23 year-old, and it could turn into an auction.

This is what the player has said about the interest shown in him:

“If people are talking about me then I am not aware of it. But if someone offers €12 million to the club I do not know if I’ll go or not. I am calm because I still have two years on my contract to go.”

Newcastle will do well in the summer to get this player on Tyneside, and if the price goes up we don’t think Mike Ashley will be prepared to pay more than say the £10M they are currently asking.

And that’s always assuming we stay in the Premier League this season, which after yesterday’s hammering at Manchester City is not a certainty at the moment, with other teams starting to pick up points at the bottom of the table.

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133 comments so far

  • JackButler

    Mar 31, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #1

    I think we are in a position now that no matter who we sign come the summer a great deal of fans simply do not trust Pardew to get the best out of them as individuals or as a collective

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  • yo-yo

    Mar 31, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #2

    Pay peanuts buy monkeys. If PEA costed £12m (not €) he’d be worth it

    There are only so many undervalued players or those at the end of their contracts. We’ve done well but we need to pay full whack for the top guys. Unless we want to be a mid table side. How much is Benteke worth now ?

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  • yo-yo

    Mar 31, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #3

    If McLaren does go to the Mackems he’s not exactly Mr Motivator..

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  • Beattie25

    Mar 31, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #4

    We’re in the bottom 6, we’re in the bottom 6…Jose Enrique, we’re in the bottom 6′.

    In all seriousness though how anyone can defend Pardew given the position we are in a talk about a future with him at the helm is beyond me and why I leave this blog all the time.

    We’re on the same points as Villa, Wigan are 3 points behind with a game in hand and Sunderland have a 5 goals advantage on us and are 2 points behind.

    Seriously, how can you defend that? If we stay up he must, MUST go!! If we go down, well I’ll let you fill in the blank.

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  • woolerbill

    Mar 31, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #5

    We will not require this young man as we will be selling as we are going down. All the teams around are fighting and winning, all we do is talk, you have to let your players play.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 31, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #6

    It’s amazing how everyone puts this season down to injuries. We got 6 new players in Jan and strengthened more than anyone. Just look at Pardew’s CV. Last season apart it is an incredibly mediocre record.

    Pardew has an ultra negative mindset and has players playing in straitjackets who should be expressing themselves. That is a trait that will never change. Do people really want another 7 years of that?

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Mar 31, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #7

    Sunderland have sacked O’Neill and they’re only two points behind us with a far worse squad. Villa are on the same points as us with a squad of untested youths. If we don’t get anything from our next three games we’re left with a tough run in.
    I’m just praying we get some lucky results because we will definately not outplay anyone while PArdew’s in charge

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  • NUFC_LEAZES END

    Mar 31, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #8

    Because the truth in the matter is.
    We have had disgusting luck with injuries.
    That is the truth.

    How can we expect to beat teams when we have to rely on these

    Simpson
    Jonas
    Obertan
    Anita

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  • martoon

    Mar 31, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #9

    Davybtoon – It is nice to read posts with a bit of balance and common sense. One bad defeat and we are all jumping off a cliff. 😉

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  • yo-yo

    Mar 31, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #10

    Bang yer drums lads, Pardew is going nowhere.
    He’ll get another season to get us top 6. If he doesn’t he’ll be on his bike then.

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  • Beattie25

    Mar 31, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #11

    Those that say ‘bring in a continental coach’.

    Do you really think Pardew is humble enough to accept he needs to change and would be willing to accept a new coach teaching the team how to play?

    No effin’ chance.

    I read somewhere that Pardew’s main focus is on defense during training sessions. We have a -15 goal difference.

    Case and point.

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  • JackButler

    Mar 31, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #12

    There’s no way that Ashley, a self made billionaire will look at Pardew’s return this season and be pleased with how things have gone.

    He sanctioned big money to be spent in January and even became involved with the deals personally, I honestly think that he will make the change come the summer and employ someone who will give a better return for his investment.

    And let’s be honest here, with our stadium, fan base and squad there would be no shortage of managers who would want the job

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Mar 31, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #13

    Can we forget about a transfers until we are safe.
    If we get relegated we will be getting no-one in
    just players moving out

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  • Beattie25

    Mar 31, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #14

    Alan Pardew 11th March 2013 after the Stoke win:

    “That’s (Premier League survival) don,; we don’t need to worry about that now.”

    Alan Pardew 31 March 2013 after the City loss:

    ”I don’t think we were ever out of relegation fight. Until you get to 40 points, you never are & we’ve not looked away from that.”

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  • toonLYF

    Mar 31, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #15

    he’s really overrated, i’d want to pay nothing more than £8m for him. We should turn our attention to Gameiro. He’d tear this league apart.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 31, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #16

    martoon,

    Oh it’s just one defeat is it? Did it escape you we are 15th and earlier in the season Pardew equalled the record for the worst run in premiership football which he had previously set at west ham.

    5 new players and we are still s…e with Pardew’s tactics. If Swansea have Laudrup and Southampton Pochettino then surely we deserve a technical, progressive and footballing coach with the players we now have. Our players seem to go backwards under Pardew.

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  • bills-son

    Mar 31, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #17

    Guys, some of you are talking BS.

    After the Jan signings – and before the latest spurt of injuries – Pardew quickly got the team playing well amd we were dead unlucky to lose the away games to Spurs and Swansea. Wigan was a joke of decisions against us, especially the handball.

    We had two full backs injured in the Wigan game, another on international duty and then Tiote gets injured on top of Krul, Colo and HBA. Then we play City with a patched up defence and midfield.

    Pardew can only work with what he has fit and and how the hell does he get a settled pattern of play with all of these injuries + new players still settling in? Slating Pardew is a cheap easy shot that ignores the reality of professional football.

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  • toonLYF

    Mar 31, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #18

    ah Beattie, we’ve really missed your pessimistic views and your negativity. Christ.

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  • JackButler

    Mar 31, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #19

    1-1

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Mar 31, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #20

    villa 1 pool 1

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  • LewSpi v2.0

    Mar 31, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #21

    Good afternoon Gents.

    I think an assessment on Pards will be made at the end of the reason, MA has made the mistake of sacking a manager at this stage before, I doubt he’d do it again.

    Out of curiosity, should Pards be sacked at some point, who would you have to replace?

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  • Beattie25

    Mar 31, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #22

    toonLYF

    Thanks, I’ve missed being here.

    I just like to give a reality check to the pro Pardew brigade that have hated on me since he was wooed you all with his sly wit and creepy charm, he is a slime ball, a cockney car salesman.

    Anyway I’m not saying we’ll be relegated, just saying there is a big chance we might be.

    Even if we are not, why should Pardew stay? Because we’ve had injuries? No chance.

    Our depleted team has never been so bad that we should be in this relegation fight but when you send out Ice Skaters to do a bricklayers job, you’re going to struggle.

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  • daztoon

    Mar 31, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #23

    It wasn’t just a bad defeat it was the manner of the defeat it was a hammering we were set up ultra defensive yet never got near them.They walked through yesterday and Pardew did nothing about it.Cissie is totally wasted playing for Pardew only Sissoko gets near him and that’s via a 50 yard run.

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  • AndyNUFC

    Mar 31, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #24

    Im ashamed to be reading fans that want Pardew gone. If Ashley has done one thing correct all the time he’s been here, it’s to not listen to the fans.

    The only clubs in the league that have not only maintained success but grown in stature are those with the long term managers. Now we’ll see City change their manager every time they don’t win the league – just like Chelsea did.

    And excuse me, but even with a poor league position, can’t you credit Pardew with getting Europa quarter finals?!

    Our biggest culprit this season is Llambias for not getting the players in the summer. We wouldn’t have been playing kids and forcing Pardew to risk injuries to beat team. No wonder our football has suffered, if you watched the game yesterday the commentators said we have used the most players in the league = 31. How can you get a team playing together and challenge the top 5 when the rhythm is always disrupted?

    Stop blindly shouting the ‘easy’ way out, stop being delusional, and stop and think about our teams progress since 3 years ago.

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  • Beattie25

    Mar 31, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #25

    Top managers who could replace Pardew in the Summer:

    Laurent Blanc
    Alain Cassanova
    Rudi Garcia
    Ole Gunnar Solksjaer
    Lucian Favre
    Lee Clarke??
    Vincenzo Montella
    Frank De Boer

    There are many more of course.

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  • JackButler

    Mar 31, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #26

    liverpool pen

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  • JackButler

    Mar 31, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #27

    AndyNUFC

    We have had an appalling amount of injuries this season and so have lacked continuity and consistency but has Pardew got the best out of the players he has had available to him?

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  • JackButler

    Mar 31, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #28

    1-2 liverpool

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  • daztoon

    Mar 31, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #29

    Progress we are in the same position fighting relegation playing one decent game every 10.We play negative boring football.Have a striker who can score goals but is isolated and never gets any service.The only excitement is when Sissoko goes on a run but 9 out 10 his final pass is poor or a bad touch and he loses the ball

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  • Bambams

    Mar 31, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #30

    Football is a funny old game….. Great reading so many differing views about all things related to the club. Noticeable thst not one blogger has stated they are happy with how we play on the pitch. Wonder why ?

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  • NUFC_LEAZES END

    Mar 31, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #31

    Would anyone have oneil as manager?

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  • JackButler

    Mar 31, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #32

    NUFC_LEAZES END

    Simply put………………………………NO

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  • bills-son

    Mar 31, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #33

    Andy NUFC @ 24, absolutely spot on.

    31 players used this season tells it all.

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  • Bambams

    Mar 31, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #34

    Sunderland would……

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  • NUFC_LEAZES END

    Mar 31, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #35

    I’ve always rated oneil highly as a manager apart from when he’s been at sunderland. But who could do a good job at sunderland ??

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  • Spoof

    Mar 31, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #36

    JB@ 12, he sanctioned big money in January, rubbish m8, a net outlay of £10/12m is not big money nowadays, even Derek Llambias has stated that the team and the squad needs strengthening in the summer, the club know that at present we are not strong enough, so ease up on Pardew, what do you expect from a man who’s own bosses are saying we aint strong enough

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  • ToonAndy

    Mar 31, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #37

    Here’s a game lads…. U have to choose ur best premier league team but you’re only allowed 1 player from any certain team…. My team would be…

    ———————MINGOLET——————–

    FABIO—KOMPANY–HANGELAND–BAINES

    ————WILSHERE—–CABAYE————-

    MATA—————SUAREZ————BALE

    ———————VAN PERSIE—————-

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  • Beattie25

    Mar 31, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #38

    ANDYNUFC

    You say we have used 31 players but that shows that most of the time the manager has not had a clue what to do. The injuries have been bad but not bad enough to warrant 31 different players.

    It was he that chose to play the likes of Sammy Ameobi instead of Marveaux.

    The main injuries this season have been Cabaye and Ben Arfa, both a result of not looking after them well enough.

    The main reasons for the crap this season have been tactics, motivation and a lack of continuity in the middle of our injury crisis.

    All as a result of Pardew.

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  • Beattie25

    Mar 31, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #39

    Bam bams

    The way we have played this season is the same as the way we played last season. The only difference is the results.

    It is Pardew’s hallmark as a manager.

    It is what the team has become.

    Pardew should be sacked at the end of the season not just for this years performances but looking back at the past and ahead to the future what can we really see for our club.

    If anyone can say that under PArdew we can play good football and challenge for silverware in the 8 years we expect him to be here, please tell me what gives you that impression.

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  • ToonMauritius

    Mar 31, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #40

    J. Heynckes
    To replace AP
    What you think mates?

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