At Least Three Clubs After Top Newcastle Target

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. 😀

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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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86 comments so far

  • p

    May 24, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #1

    nee chance

  • ToonDarnSarf

    May 24, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #2

    Blah. Remy all over again. Mega money with the Russians or ambitions with us. If he joins us and does well, we’ll either have grown into the European places, or he’ll earn a transfer to a top club in a top league who are in the CL.

  • Ian Toon

    May 24, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #3

    Repost. 193Ian Toon // May 24, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    Transfer Sage- @70 &80. I sense your now resigned to Pardew being the manager at the start of the season. Its naive of some to think that a new manager would not want to put his own mark on the team. For a high profile newcomer maybe change but as we have broadly agreed Ashley is not going down that path. As well as buying his own players a new manager also sells or moves on some of the previous managers buys which inevitably is at a loss. This re-shaping is often wholly unnecessary. We bought half a side in January and are still bedding them in. The Arsenal blue print, structure was being followed and under Wenger such wasteful policies do not exist. It’s longevity but with consistency and stability which we should follow. Wenger has done a remarkable job when many wrote him off. Pardew deserves to be judged after his team has had a chance to perform at it’s optimum level. That’s after a pre season and a fully assembled squad with new signings before pre season training starts. Allied to which a new coach for first team and academy. Then no excuses and a full assessment at the end of October. The style of football is ultimately determined by good players. It’s the same players who have to work on undertaking a pressing game. I do favour a complete overhaul of the coaching staff at the academy, under 21?s and at senior level. We do not want a recycled failed premiership manager. I previously had mentioned Steve Round if not found a key role at Everton. With our squad a top young European coach from France, Holland or Germany would be ideal. Someone of sufficient standing to replace Pardew in October/ November if the team under performs. We need to be proactive rather than reactive. I know it’s not Ashley’s style but I sense that Pardew has received a message that he’s in the last chance saloon. This should make for an interesting few months.

  • Spoof

    May 24, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #4

    We will do what we usually do, wait until another club puts an offer in and then say he’s out of our price range, or make a smaller offer and wonder why it gets turned down, but as the club keep telling us, they are doing their best ?

  • Graeme

    May 24, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #5

    The main problem in landing PEA will be NUFC’s valuation of the player.

    If we continue to offer £5 million less than other clubs then he wont be coming to us, that’s for sure. We seem to know the price of everything but the value of nothing!!

    This guy could be an amazing talent in the Premier League, but we wont be pulling any rabbits out of the hat, he is far too well known!!!

  • Spoof

    May 24, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #6

    yes I would agree with that, to me that is a fair assessment, give Pardews team a chance to bed in and then judge him, makes sense.

  • Mister Tuff

    May 24, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #7

    apologies repost as Ed is being a copy cat.
    Mister Tuff // May 24, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    I see that Sky are doing a story on Samuel Eto advising Aubameyang to go to Anzhi. Anzhi might be a good destination for those who have more interest in money as opposed to those who want to establish themselves in high level football first.
    If any of you are not aware the French Ligue 1 terminates on Sunday. St. Etienne are currently fourth on 62 points with Lille one point behind on 61 points. St. Etiennes’ final game is against Lille. So looks like it should be a good game with as lot to play for. (both teams could be overtaken by Nice if the game is a draw) Will the result be a factor in what Aubameyang decides to do in that if St Etienne win he’ll be playing CL football next
    season – if he stays.
    So will the Toon follow up their January bid -might cost us a bit more as Aubameyang has been on fire the second half of the season. This lad is a tremendous player -the real deal. Getting a player of this quality in would hopefully send out a positive signal to other possible recruits. Here’s hoping.

  • markmac

    May 24, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #8

    Ed you forget to mention the other top targets weve missed out on over the last couple of years, ie kevin gameiro/mevlut erdinc etc. time to get aggressive..not me..MA!

  • kevymartins

    May 24, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #9

    Hurry up and go get carroll we have no chance of this lad.

  • corkypants85

    May 24, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #10

    Who mentioned hollaway?

    I would not have that egotistacal overated knob anywhere near us hes a bloody media whore, blackpool fans wer happy wen he left said he made the club all about himself

  • Rooster

    May 24, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #11

    “Repost” Readingmag, Pardew has learned more no doubt, but will it sink in he is such an ego driven stubborn bugga, he will not want to be proved wrong.

    Yea injuries come and go like all teams know, but if we can bring in at least three quality players this season at least and then only sell the deadwood, unless daft bids come in for some of our better players which have to considered by MA, because it has been stated many times we are run as a business so any offer will be looked at, but anyone wanting to buy one of our better players will have to in my view pay a kings ransom for them.

  • mactoon

    May 24, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #12

    They will offer less than the players value and he will go elsewhere SO CHANGE THE TRANSFER POLICY! we need to be bringing in 3-4 players who will go straight into the starting 11 thereby strengthening the first team. The current policy does not allow this

  • Ian Toon

    May 24, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #13

    Corky- One man’s meat and all that! I had previously said to Rotunda that should we be relegated then I would favour Holloway to get us up. He has got a massive ego but he’s a first class manager in my book. His record shows that as he has always managed on a shoestring budget. Also a character who entertains. I fancy Palace to be playing in the PL though so he probably would not have joined anyway

  • Readingmag

    May 24, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #14

    Rooster…Cheers….what ever are own thoughts are MA. He is not daft, He manages His highly successful stores very well.

    I am sure He will have pointed Pardew the targets expected.

    Yeap every player has his price, the issue could be selling 2/3 and getting 4/5 then they need to settle\ bed in… it quickly.

  • corkypants85

    May 24, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #15

    Yeah hes done a good job at bpool and palace but i just cant stand the guy dunno if its because i used to live in preston but i know at the end of his time at blackpool he was falling out with players chairman everything, one thing is for defo he would be an upgrade on pardew! Just think we could get better than him thats all

  • No Plain Saylor

    May 24, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #16

    I’m sure top quality players will be calling the club up begging to sign for us, after such a great season where wqe only lost 19 games out of 38, and now that llamarse says next season we are ‘aiming for top 10’, and our world renowned coach who preaches tantalizing football is here to stay. Watch out world!

  • sparky55

    May 24, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #17

    you’re all being a bit unrealistic here lads…why on earth would any of the strikers you’re mentioning even slightly consider a move to newcastle when we finished 5th bottom with a sh!t manager who plays hoofball and an owner who won’t play wages and a team not playing european football and a team that won’t be challenging for anything therefore not in the eye of the international managers in readiness for the world cup.

    So lets go through the thought process of the average good strikers available this year….

    1. How much money will I get
    2. How much money will I get
    3. How much money will I get
    4. Will I be playing european football
    5. Is the manager any good
    6. Will I have a chance of winning anything
    6. How much money will I get

    In other words we’ll get Carroll and a nobody

  • Readingmag

    May 24, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #18

    is Darren Bent not worth a gamble ….yes i know

    The unwashed \ fitness \ wages

    But the lad can finish?

  • No Plain Saylor

    May 24, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #19

    Honestly I would have rather have sold cabaye and benny with no replacements if Rafa was in charge;
    than sign PEA, Windejlum and Sakho if Pardew stays.

    Not one match last season, in any competition, did we dominate for more than 15 minutes. We work on defence 4 out of 5 days, does Pardew not know when you keep the ball you are defending? In the very best possible way, you can’t concede if they don’t have the ball, they will also get tired chasing the ball, and you control the tempo of the match.

    Heard he said today that outside the top 6 we were the best side in the league the last 6 games. We got 5 points you utter kaaant! Insulting him now is borderline too far, as he can no longer be called dellusional, he’s not well in the head.

  • sparky55

    May 24, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #20

    darren bent defo worth a gamble…been saying this for ages

  • spitfire_

    May 24, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #21

    This will be another “Luuk de Jong” case. Hunting him for a long time but Llamearse isn’t good in anything and someone will stole him from us. I think we should pay attention to more achievable target… PEA is too high imo.

  • sparky55

    May 24, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #22

    NPS…Did he really say that!!!!!

  • No Plain Saylor

    May 24, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #23

    So i hear bud, I wouldn’t be surprised tbh he spoofs out any old line at all, do you remember before arsenal he said we have a good record here against them? Err Alan we have 2 wins and 4 draws against their 12 wins. He used to crack me up, now it’s just annoying.
    Im havin a look for it now on newsnow, i’ll post the link if i find it 🙂

  • Sazzer

    May 24, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #24

    We missed the opportunity on PEA last summer when we finished 5 th and everyone was talking about Remy I think. Still, Remy was linked to Dortmund, Tottenham etc. but ended up choosing between us and QPR.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 24, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #25

    I would like to make clear that my personal dislike for Mike Ashley does not interfere with my love of NUFC and I would be more than happy to see him bring success to the club.

  • Indian Magpie

    May 24, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #26

    Sparky 55

    He did say that

  • Ian Toon

    May 24, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #27

    Jail – Well said.

  • No Plain Saylor

    May 24, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #28

    The same way a lot of us hate Pardew but completely get behind the team every match.
    Who said otherwise of ya?

  • Ian Toon

    May 24, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #29

    Likewise with Pardew for me. A number of managers since Joe Harvey have tried and failed to win anything.

  • sparky55

    May 24, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #30

    NPS / Indian…JESUS H CHRIST…he really has lost the plot..unfcukingbelievable…

    and yes…the club also have my undying support

  • Sazzer

    May 24, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #31

    Still not the end of the world if we don’t get PEA. We have Cisse that can score 30 goals a season if he get the a lot more opportunities. We need creativity, and proper cover for the ones we already have. Benny and Marv are not providing it consistently enough.

  • No Plain Saylor

    May 24, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #32

    I don’t think its right for anyone on here to question anyone ele’s support/love of nufc. We all love the club, and want whats best for it. We just vary in our ideas on how to get there. When people defend Pardew and say awh give him another year, or he’s the man, I admit it boils my p1ss, but I wouldn’t say these people don’t love the club, of course they do, we’ve all been fooled by a con man before and we’ve all been wrong. I hope I’m wrong on the three stooges (Llambias, Pardew and Mashley) who I have no faith in anymore, but time will tell.


    May 24, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #33

    This would be an ideal summer…



    We would have a solid team with a few decent back ups, we would not need a big squad with no europe…

    GK: Krul, Elliot
    RB: Debuchy, Perch, Tav
    RCB: M’Biwa, Taylor, Williamson
    LCB: Colo, Caulker, Streete
    LB: Bertrand, Haidara, Dummett
    CDM: Anita, Tiote, Bigi
    CM: Sissoko, McCarthy, Abeid
    CAM: Cabaye, Marveaux, Vuckic
    RW: Ben Arfa, McManaman, Sammy
    LW: Gouffran, Santon, Fergie
    CF: Bony, Cisse, Campbell

  • Mark the Mag

    May 24, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #34

    What our main options for a Striker ? :
    1. PEA
    2. CARROL
    3 .REMY
    4. BONY
    5. BALDE
    6. GAMIERO
    7. RHODES

    Strikers we have missed ?
    1. ERVINC
    2. GAMIERO
    3. DE JONG
    4. REMY
    5. MOSES
    6. RVW
    8. HOILETT

    Strikers who could hold the ball up and bring midfielders into the game. But who are out of our policy.

    1. DEMPSEY
    2. COLE
    3. ZAMORA

  • Ketsbaia9

    May 24, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #35

    I’ve always said that Lukaku would be a good signing on loan. Why not go for Remy, Lukaku and Benteke? Or Lukaku, Remy and Bony/Zarate?

  • Sazzer

    May 24, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #36
  • Ketsbaia9

    May 24, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #37

    We should’ve signed Vertonghen, Debuchy, Remy, De Jong and Anita last summer.

    If we had the strikeforce of Remy, De Jong, Ba and Cisse I’m sure we would’ve got a chapions league spot. We were leaving with 1/2 strikers throughout the season and that was the major problem. Plus having to play Willo and Simmo.

  • donkey

    May 24, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #38

    bony is the ideal replacment for demba ba plus he has lots more to his game if we got him we could go back to 4 4 3 again

  • Mark the Mag

    May 24, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #39

    Lukaku or Benteke would be great everything you need in a Premier League striker, power, pace, good movement and good in the air. They could both do what Cisse cant do by holding it up and taking the pressure off us, vital for the way Pardrew wants to play.
    But sadly don’t think there is any chance of us showing any where enough ambition to pursue those two.

  • Sazzer

    May 24, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #40

    Mark the Mag
    Negredo, Siem De Jong, Charlie Austin, B Gomis, Toivonen, Hooper, Ben Yedder, Di Santo…

    Missed – Wolfswinkel maybe.


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