News in the Newcastle Journal today that Andy Carroll, at about £15.5M, is just too expensive for the club, and Newcastle will again try to push a deal through for St. Etienne striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Newcastle’s top target
It doesn’t surprise us the Magpies will not go after Andy Carroll, and we think the club were waiting to see how much West Ham would be willing to pay out, to take the Gateshead-born striker to east London.
And it’s only £1.5M less than Liverpool were asking for, although West Ham may be willing to pay big money just to ensure Newcastle don’t come in for their striker – but they are overpaying for Andy, who has his injury problems, and he’s out with a heel injury for four months.
If West Ham get Andy they will have paid out £26M for Andy Carroll and Matt Jarvis, who they signed last summer from Wolves – that’s hardly good us of £26M for those two English players.
St Etienne are in 4th place in the French League just two points behind 3rd placed Lyon, and they could qualify for the Champions league next season, and that could be a problem, although it didn’t stop Yohan Cabaye moving to Newcastle two years ago, after Lille won the French Championship.
There were rumors in January that Newcastle had a £8.5M bid turned down by the French club for their top striker, and it seems Newcastle are willing to cough up £10M this time around for the Gabon International, and that’s close to the asking price.
But Newcastle missed out on Luuk de Jong last summer and in January we missed out on top target Loic Remy, so we have to hope it’s third time lucky for Newcastle this summer in getting their top target to Tyneside – although there are a number of top clubs now interested in the striker.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. stands 6’2″ tall and turns 24 next month and he has scored 20 goals in 37 appearances for St. Etienne this season.
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