There was news yesterday that Samuel Eto’o from Anzhi has urged St. Etienne striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to join him at his Russian club, and of course Anzhi were eliminated from the Europa League earlier this year by – who was it again – oh yes – Newcastle. We smashed then 1-0 in the two legged tie. 😀
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – interesting a number of clubs
The player has been a top target of Newcastle’s for about nine months now, and he has scored 20 goals in 37 appearances this season in the French League, which is one reason St. Etienne are 4th top with one game to play.
He is still the number one target this summer or the Magpies, but we will face some severe competition, with Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger also interested – and if Arsenal do go after the 29 times capped Gabon International, there may be little chance of Newcastle being able to persuade the 6’2″ striker to come to Tyneside.
For the 17th season running under Wenger, Arsenal have qualified for the Champions League, and they can offer the player European football, and that’s something Newcastle cannot offer next season.
Aubameyang has admitted that if Anzhi make the player a lucrative offer, as Eto’o has suggested – he could be interested:
“Such a proposition obviously makes me think about it.”
Newcastle will be hoping to sign the 23 year-old this summer, but if we do fail to land the striker, it will be the third time in a year that we have failed to get our top striker target to come to Tyneside.
Last summer Dutch International Luuk de Jong preferred to join Bundesliga club Borussia Mönchengladbach, and in January Loic Remy preferred bottom of the table QPR – although with QPR being relegated he will be available for around £8M.
Loic Remy could still be a possibility for Newcastle this summer – maybe.
St. Etienne want around £12M for their striker, and the news this week is that Newcastle would be willing to offer around £10M.
Newcastle are not interested in signing former striker Andy Carroll – not at the £15M fee West Ham seem willing to pay Liverpool for the Geordie striker.
However in our poll, 55% of readers think Newcastle should sign him for £15M.
What do you think?
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