There were reports yesterday that Newcastle had put in a massive £15M bid – some reports said it was as high as £18M – for our number one striker target Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of St. Etienne.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Newcastle in the bidding
That would be the biggest bid Newcastle have launched since Mike Ashley has been at the club, and it shows that Joe Kinnear is now ready to bid for players, after getting our targets lined up, following talks with both Alan Pardew and Graham Carr.
But a few weeks ago there was news that Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala were willing to bid up to £25M for Aubameyang, and probably pay him a massive wage too, to persuade him to play his football in Russia.
Reports in France yesterday were that Newcastle’s bid had been turned down, and that Anzhi were favorites to sign the player, but who says the 24 year-old wants to play his football in Russia?
Previously he has said he would like to play in the Premier League, and if Newcastle are the top English club after him this summer, maybe we can still get him to Tyneside, although the chances of that cannot be great.
The other thing going against Anzhi, who Newcastle hammered 1-0 in the Europa League last season, is that Anzhi are located in Dagestan, which is an unsafe and unstable area of Russia, and Anzhi’s players are located in Moscow.
We are hoping whatever money Anzhi throw at Aubameyang, he will prefer to play his football in the Premier League, and he is well aware that Newcastle are after him.
Owner Mike Ashley and Chief Scout Graham Carr watched him play in February, after Newcastle’s two bids for the player in the previous month had been turned down by St. Etienne.
It seems as though he is still our number one striker target with Wilfried Bony and Marseille’s Andre-Pierre Gignac probably the next in line.
And Newcastle could bring in one of those three – and they will also try to get Darren Bent to Newcastle as a cheap but experienced option.
And as we reported yesterday, it looks like Newcastle will need two strikers brought in this summer, especially if Shola Ameobi elects to leave his home town club, to get more playing time elsewhere.
What do you think?
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