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Joe Kinnear Bids For Newcastle’s Number One Target

9:29 am, Thursday, June 27th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 31 Comments

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.

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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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31 responses so far ↓

  • 1 cyprus // Jun 27, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    Repost, regarding HBA-Marveaux:

    Lilongwe, yes but imagine those two on fire and combining…

  • 2 Lilongwe Geordie // Jun 27, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    (Repost)
    On tactical environment, Pardew, Carver, Stone Beardsley and Donachie need to sit down and decide what style they want to play next season. Set it out in writing, give it to Kinnear and then implement it from U16 upwards. Let the fans know the style through one of their mouth pieces (Journal/Chron) as it makes no difference if opposition know how you want to play.

    Then, if we bring in the right players for that style and subsequently misuse them and underperform it is clear who is at fault, Pards. Likewise if say Pards says a direct style and we sign Say a Valbuena type, and he looks lost in the direct style, then Carr and Kinnear are at fault for not providing the right tools.

    PEA in a long ball team isn’t useful.

    Anyway, off for a quick farm visit. Will catch up later. Hopefully there will be some good news!

  • 3 G // Jun 27, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    hammered? Nice one Ed. I’m all for either PEA or Bony. If we could get both (and I suspect it’s unlikely we will get either) I will be a happy bunny indeed.

  • 4 Lilongwe Geordie // Jun 27, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    One last,
    Cyprus,
    Yes they would, but will they ever do it? Neither are kids anymore….

  • 5 HullMag6 // Jun 27, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    Meulensteen out of man u – we should at least make an approach as he’s a top coach.

    I have to agree tiote would be least missed if we had to sell, 1 cb to replace willo, one cam/winger and at least 2 strikers if cisse or shola goes make it 3.

  • 6 G // Jun 27, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    HummMag6, I think he has already got a contract offer from one of the big Russian clubs, but I agree, he is a top coach and we should at least try.

  • 7 Rotonda heights // Jun 27, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    I wonder if Ash’s heart is in this any more.

    I think he set out to have fun but ever since KK put him in the dock I think it’s just become a millstone for him.

    Greed prevented a sale to the Mansoors or anyone else
    and maybe his recent reconciliation with his wife is focusing his thoughts on finally getting rid of something which is more of a chore than a joy.

    No one who was really ” in to the project ” hires Pardew and then JFK twice to potentially wreck a very good squad. Wise is long gone as is long time crony Llambias.

    I will appreciate some of the things Ash has done if he does move on, but the last 6 years have been tough on all of us and I can’t see Ash having the enthusiasm to really put in place all the things that need to be done.

    Llambias got us Wonga and dished out the stupid 8 year deals but Ash let it happen to his cost and maybe
    he thinks enough is enough now. Clutching at straws
    but who knows.

  • 8 G // Jun 27, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    You could be on to something there RH. It’s a little conspiracy theorist, however, there are a lot of truths that could possibly link in there.

  • 9 Rotonda heights // Jun 27, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    Lilo

    I think they would be too ashamed or embarrassed to say they prefer hoof ball.

  • 10 gfp13 // Jun 27, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    The Aubameyang situation is dragging on enough already. I know it isn’t as straight forward as bid, accept, done in days but this has went on for a full season. I would like us to sign him tho, we should also look into siem de Jong or sign beñat and push cabaye in behind the striker.

    Cabaye-sissoko
    Ben arfa-siem-aubameyang
    Cisse

    Or

    Beñat – sissoko
    Ben arfa-cabaye-aubameyang
    Cisse

    Either of those seems like a good set up to me and I think we should look at those players and build a good passing side with pace

  • 11 croftus5678 // Jun 27, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    if we sign pea/bony/ideye things will be looking better i doubt we will and somehow i’m wondering what the players motivation will be for next year also.

    are we still signing this 17yo on 1st ? 2 people now have told me kinear has pulled out of that also !

  • 12 gfp13 // Jun 27, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    Lilongwe

    I agree with you that they should have a clear set way to play and announce it. If they don’t announce it I’m sure it will only take 5 games of a season for a decent manager to know how we play. Although it would be good for us to change our style from time to time to suit the opposition too but they should definitely set out a main style and build to that style.

  • 13 Ian Toon // Jun 27, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    For me the ideal two signings to provide power, pace and creativity would be PEA and Jozy Altidore and at a price within Ashley’s thinking. Altidore at 23 and for around £ 4.5 million would be a terrific signing. Unlike Bony he has real pace. Playing in the Eredivisie he has really impressed and can only get better. Altidore would be an ideal starter or an impact ST. Bent as a shorter term option would be OK but only at around £ 5 million.
    We then would have an up front 3 of Cisse in the middle flanked by PEA on the right and HBA on the left.
    The main area of weakness last season was the midfield this was devoid of movement and pace which led to a lack of possession and a slow build up in going through the gears from defensive to offensive play. At Man City let’s match them with 4-3-3 and be on the front foot- having witness countless occasions where we haven’t turned up this could be a good opportunity to gets points on the board.
    Tiote to play in a Makelele uncomplicated disciplined type role , in front of the back four. Sissoko and Cabaye in the two in front of Tiote. Both are intelligent enough to have a fluid linking presence but with Tiote playing as an out and out DM not looking to exceed his skill base. Anita would be an excellent cover for any of the midfield three. Gouffran and Marveaux would provide the cover for HBA and PEA. This assumes we don’t sign Tom Ince who would be just what were looking for a wide/ winger on the left.

  • 14 jonobbad // Jun 27, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    We have no chance with pea. No Europe, bottom 5 finish in the league, cheap wages and a shambles of a club.
    Why would he come?

  • 15 croftus5678 // Jun 27, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    @14

    i agree to an extent ! only reason he would come imo is if no other prem team came in for him and he wanted to showcase his skills here which i still wouldnt turn down in fairness.

    bony theres more chance because of tiote (best mate) and not as much of a star striker.

    ideye is prob our best chance but i would say prob the 3rd choice out of them even though it is really close and i’d smile seeing any of them here !

    and bent for 3rd choice would be awsome for me untill cambell proves himself + he can learn a lot from an english striker like bent.

  • 16 lesh // Jun 27, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Rotonda

    Presumably you mean Ashley’s recrnt reconciliation with his wife has allowed him to focus his thoughts on finally getting rid of something which is more of a chore than a joy?

    You inferring that he’ll be rid of her then concentrate on Newcastle United???

  • 17 GeordieDan // Jun 27, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    croftus>

    Would you still take Ideye? He’s looked AWFUL in the cup so far.

    I appreciate I’ve only seen little bits of him prior to that but he doesn’t seem to handle pressure well at all and he’ll get a bundle of that if he comes to SJP.

    Not a player I want to see coming here.

  • 18 croftus5678 // Jun 27, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    @17

    personally i still would yes
    i understand your concern and agree he’s played very poor lately and my thinking is that it will only lower value.

    i dont watch him all the time as i support toon and only watch all there games so i cant say i’ve seen him that many times in honesty just the things i have seen from him that he can score all sorts of goals is fast/powerfull and can head ect it all depends if our staff can motivate him i suppose.

  • 19 GeordieDan // Jun 27, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Fair enough. He’d looks does look capable of scoring a decent goal or 2 but is he the 20 goal a season striker we’re supposed to be after?

    Is anyone a 20 goal a season striker these days outside of the £20million+ bracket?

    Not many.

  • 20 croftus5678 // Jun 27, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    @19

    ye i know depressing isnt it lol

    pea i think is the closest to a guarenteed 20+ but i see his price being closer to 20mil + i dont think he will come

    our wingers (or lack of) need to score goals next season for the reason you stated there that strikers just arnt as prolific anymore (apart from big money ones)

  • 21 ToonMatt // Jun 27, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    No way on earth will Ashley pay that amount on one player, He bid £12m knowing fine well it would be rejected and the asking price is £15m, He’s a joke and a waste of other clubs time.

  • 22 Rotonda heights // Jun 27, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    lesh

    other way round

  • 23 Greebol1892 // Jun 27, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    It’d be a foot in the PL door for PEA so once he’s proved himself with us after 1 electrifying season fed on scraps, Spurs/Arsenal can buy him and we should get a nice bit profit (LOL!!!)

  • 24 one Tony Green // Jun 27, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    Rotonda The Mansours never made a bid for Newcastle this is urban myth. Thy looked at Liverpool, Manchester City, Everton and Newcastle and decided on City.

  • 25 James RS // Jun 27, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    Please NOT Gignac he’s barely worth 5 million let alone 14 ive seen him play hes not that good ..and only 20 goals in 3 years with Marseilles…Remy was the main man there and the French supporters even want rid of Gignac. Bent and Remy are a lot better and with a new club might just be the men we need if we cant get Aubameyang..but Bony is cool too.

  • 26 Minato // Jun 27, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    Hammered 1-0? LOL

  • 27 Minato // Jun 27, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    I think he looks a little like Neymar in this photo…

  • 28 luke.r // Jun 27, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    I’ve not watched any of Gignac but his goal scoring record is really poor. especially if he’d cost us more then 10 mil. And for some reason I have a bad feeling about Bony. I’ve only seen the youtube clips of his goals and he looks extremely composed infront of goal but he looks like he’s got no pace and i don’t think he’d do well in the premiership against good defenders.

    I’d love PEA to come though. I think we should be playing 4231 or 433. both formations would be perfect for HBA and PEA on the wings to really affect the game and use the pace and eye for goal. Would have Bent as backup as well, he used to be an excellent striker and i agree with whoever said he could teach Cambell a lot.

    In the past couple of days i’ve seen the papers say weve put bids in for bony, PEA, Gagnac, Tomkins and Bent. It wouldn’t suprise me if we hadn’t actually bid for anyone yet.

  • 29 Back Door Man // Jun 27, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    Aubameyang – never trust a guy with a 100 dollar haircut!

  • 30 LeToonARMY // Jun 27, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    If we can get Bony and PEA i will be a happy man. Let’s prey, next season we make up for the last one. Imagine this team!!
    Krul
    debuchy yanga collo Santon
    sissko
    Ben Arfa PEA Cabaye
    Bony Cisse

  • 31 Sav // Jun 28, 2013 at 2:27 AM

    I f Joe can pronounce his name, he’ll sign. He’llBang’EmIn.




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