Borussia Dortmund Move In For Newcastle Striker Target


The French web-site Leprogress.fr is reporting that Borussia Dortmund may have moved in for Newcastle’s number one transfer target Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of St. Etienne.

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Dortmund moving in?

This is what was on the webs-site – using the Google translate facility and some additions  to make things a little clearer:

It seems that the case of the ASSE Aubameyang is that  Dortmund is moving ahead … slowly. Too slowly in the eyes of the Gabonese striker who nevertheless wishes to be fixed up with a club as soon as possible.

The positions of the two clubs are they so still  apart?   Still, a commissioned officer from  Dortmund has arrived in Saint-Etienne.

At the same time the proposal of the Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala is probably the most interesting for ASSE,  but it does not appeal to Aubameyang.

It’s interesting that a poll on le10sport.com last week had Borussia Dortmund the favorites to sign the Gabon International with something over 30% of the vote, and Newcastle had  around 12%.

But there was news in the Journal this morning that  Joe Kinnear was trying to persuade Mike Ashley to increase Newcastle’s bid they made last week of £15M,  which was turned down by St. Etienne.

Anzhi have already bid around £2M higher than Newcastle, but as the above report suggests, we don’t think Aubameyang is too interested in moving to Russia.

But with training starting up again this week for most Premier League clubs, things will be heating up in the transfer market, so we hope our new Director of Football Joe Kinnear is on the ball.

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108 comments so far

  • Taking the Papiss

    Jul 1, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #1

    I love the idea that Ashley putting 100m of his own cash into the club is totally dismissed as if it isn’t a large figure – it is. The point is all this we are in debt to Ashley is tripe. We are but in realistic terms as it is interest free it simply is part of the purchase price

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  • jimmysmith

    Jul 1, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #2

    I’m not dismissing the amount, just the notion that he has pumped the money in at his own cost. I don’t think he has, I think he’s thoughtfully shuffled his assets.

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  • p

    Jul 1, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #3

    TP – I think he is loaning the club money because it needs funding. An interest free loan is the best way for him to do that.

    At some point he will recover the money, either when it is repaid or, when he comes to sell.

    I do not see the big deal on either side of the argument.

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  • veto

    Jul 1, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #4

    much prefer Bony , perfect foil for cisse .
    Aubameyang has had a couple of half decent seasons , but i dont rate him that much , granted only watched him play a full match on a handfull of occasions .
    bring in bony , perfect hold up striker with good feet .

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  • veto

    Jul 1, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #5

    he’s shuffled newcastles assets too , off the books in most cases .
    we did own a few nice bit’s of land when he bought the club , from what i believe they are no longer on our books .
    be great if journalists did some proper digging rather than finding out about what old pro has to say about jfk this week .
    few things dont add up , with respect to how much he’s supposedly pumped into the club and also whats been taken out.

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  • p

    Jul 1, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #6

    Jimmy, I agree.

    I am not sure anyone will really know what Mash thinks, he is not like our pal JFK when it comes to be forthcoming about what he thinks.

    However, NUFC is an investment to him, it’s a business. He wants it to be successful and clearly has some options around getting the balance of outlay and playing success.

    For a while now, we have seen a strategy of trying to make the club as self sustainable as possible.

    There were some miscalculations there. Injuries, a manager unable to handle preparation for domestic as well as European competition etc etc.

    He will look to address that. He wants the club to be successful but not to the extent that it is not profitable.

    The 100m was needed to keep the club funded for that particular strategy. If he feels he needs to fund it more, he will. If he does not, he will repay himself. I don’t think the funding vehicle matters much other than from what works for Mash.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jul 1, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #7

    Who gives a flying fcuk, the bloke owns a football club, pumping in £100m to a top flight club isn’t that impressive most owners have done it and he’s included his loan in his valuation

    Some can praise his business acumen, I couldn’t care less, he owns a football club, it’s not a business it’s a passion and a money pit it needs constant investment
    Put up some transfer funding or fcuk off man, canny stand the bloke or what he’s turning are fan base into, gone from the most passionate fan base in the prem to morgue full of mini accountants

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  • Taking the Papiss

    Jul 1, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #8

    Any asset disposals would be in the accounts that you can obtain easily from companies house for a few pounds – if he had been doing that the press woul d be app over it as there are always articles about the accounts. He is not siphoning off cash for goodness sake

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  • Taking the Papiss

    Jul 1, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #9

    Toonarmydownsouth – there are no viable alternative to him now. Do you hear west brom banging on about lack of investment? Grow up nobody except he mega rich throw around the sort of money people seem to want him to spend. None of them want to buy the club so it’s not going to happen

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  • p

    Jul 1, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #10

    veto, at the end of the day it’s his club and he can do what he wants with it’s assets.

    the good news is that a successful (from a playing perspective) and self sustaining (i.e. earning more than it is spending) is in the interest of both Mash and the fans (even though some might not appreciate that) regardless of whether he wants to sell or keep the club in the shorter term.

    last season he did not do a good job and this is why dekka left. Obviously JFK is a strange way to address the problem in the kindest terms but he is looking to try to improve things.

    people who want more need to hope for an oil sheik or russian billionaire

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  • jdizzle

    Jul 1, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #11

    Toonarmydownsouth what a stupid comment. Football is a business and a passion. You use the term investment and moneypit……they are oxymorons you moron

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  • jimmysmith

    Jul 1, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #12

    p, yeah, I’d buy that, but in truth, have limited confidence in any of my own beliefs much less on how MA runs his businesses and his intentions and yeah, I think expecting Ashley to be some sort of munificent benefactor is romantic to say the least, but still wish he would and think he could, but that’s a Newcastle fan for you!

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jul 1, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #13

    TTP
    Grow up? Howay lad pipe down, who mentioned mega bucks, or Russian billionaires you pillock, nobody ffs
    I said INVESTMENT not ticking along being reminded of a loan
    West brom invest when they need to, they do deals they can afford
    I didn’t say go out and sign messi but waiting until players are out of contract then panic buying because you didn’t invest at the right time is not a business plan it’s just being tighter than a ducks ars3
    He’s invested absolutely f all the only reason the training ground got modernised is because we screwed Liverpool
    What about the half demolished youth academy where’s the investment there ?

    Like I said most owners put there own cash in to there club, but don’t expect it to be a one off payment or interest free loan

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jul 1, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #14

    Jdizzle
    How many clubs are self sufficient, and how many fan bases are more concerned with how the books look rather than what’s going on on the pitch
    Moron

    Look at the team it’s desperate for genuine investment as is the academy, not being reminded we “owe” him £100 mil

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  • p

    Jul 1, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #15

    Aye, unfortunately we are not Chelsea, Man City, Monaco or PSG who’s owners can literally use fifty pound note to wipe their arses after taking a dump

    The best we can do is try to gain success, financial and playing by being astute in the transfer market and getting a good coach.

    We have done quite well in the first part but I still think Pardew is never going to be an Arsene Wenger.

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  • spitfire_

    Jul 2, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #16

    Keep calm and trust Joe Kinnear. He said that he can attract anyone in the foookin football.

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  • jimmysmith

    Jul 2, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #17

    I find the term “owe” even more galling than “pumped”.

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jul 2, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    Comment #18

    toonarmydownsouth // Jul 1, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    Pure passion right there.

    Can’t argue with any of it TADS.

    The last five years have seen one disaster after another.

    If you take away the one good season (where we were pretty much injury free to all key 1st team players), and the financial stability (which he had to do anyway) and you are left with an absolute shambles of a club with poor planning, recruitment of players and staff.

    And it’s continuing.

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  • p

    Jul 2, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #19

    as I say, for those who want Mash to run the club as a “money pit” need to save up enough money to buy it off him or, pray for someone rich to come a long and do what the owner of Chelsea etc has done.

    Otherwise, what’s the point? It’s his club he can run it the way he sees fit without giving a sh%$# about what you and I think.

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  • G

    Jul 2, 2013 at 12:10 AM

    Comment #20

    Unbelievable? 5 years have past and there are still people discussing the old ‘how to hurt / dislodge a billionaire’ argument. Good luck with that guys. If you find the answer, it will be the headline in every newspaper on the planet.

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  • Taking the Papiss

    Jul 2, 2013 at 12:12 AM

    Comment #21

    What do you think it costs to do the deals you want to do? 50m a year – that means Ashley would burn up over a quarter of his entire wealth in 10 years. Think about it – not going to happen and cannot be expected either

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  • lesh

    Jul 2, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    Comment #22

    jimmysmith.

    Of course Ashley shuffles his assets. I’d be surprised if you were able to say that you’ve never shuffled yours!

    Come into the real world man, Ashley’s clever and he need not be putting money into the club. Give the guy a break.

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  • lesh

    Jul 2, 2013 at 12:23 AM

    Comment #23

    Tads.

    Have most owners done it, put in £100m with no strings attached?

    Of those that have, I wonder how many were or are laundering it?

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  • p

    Jul 2, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    Comment #24

    aye 100m for an oil sheik is like a nights beer money

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  • lesh

    Jul 2, 2013 at 12:27 AM

    Comment #25

    Joe Kinnear’s asked for a bit help to make a bid:

    How does he spell PEA’s name? Is it PEA or pee??

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  • mikeashleyisamackem

    Jul 2, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    Comment #26

    toon down south -loved the comment about toon fans turning into mini accountants made me chuckle,a very intresting read to night tho i have considered everyones comments alot of people talking alot of sense am actually really suuprised tho that no one brought into account one very major factor when ashley bought the club he got it for a 130 million and granted he has had to plug a hole of approx 100 million ,when calculating the ins and outs in terms of players just on player sales alone has easily made that back ,carrol 35 million ,nzogbia 9 m milner 13 m demba ba 7m ,scott parker 7 million david razzonhall 3 million a faye 3 million shay given 8 million oba martins 9 million d duff 3 million habib bay 2 million bassong 8 million kevin nolan 4.5 m jose enrique 7 million leon best 4 million in total that comes to approx 120 million revenue lets look at out gouings on player recruiment habib baye 2million joey barton 4 million j enrique 6 million d rozonal 3 milion a faye 2million guthrie 2 millionxisco 7million collichini 9 million kevin nolan 4 million d simpson 2 million routlege 2 million best 1 million perch 2 million chieck tiote 4 million ben arfa 5.5 million cabaye 4 million papiss cisse 10 million anita and all january signings +24 million that adds up to 107 million approx add 5 million for youth deals to and for then ashley is in profit and actually spent jack diddly in his 6 years here do the maths yourself if ya like we have made more of sales then we have recruited so my calculation says we owe mike ashley zero and we still roughly owed 20 million which is for are striker

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  • mikeashleyisamackem

    Jul 2, 2013 at 12:35 AM

    Comment #27

    not one penny of his own money ive added them up roughly missed obertan i think

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  • G

    Jul 2, 2013 at 12:36 AM

    Comment #28

    No overheads then?

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  • Falkland Geordie

    Jul 2, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    Comment #29

    I would love the toon to be successfull like everybody else, but 100m to be competative with the top six. Then in a few months down the line, the same people will be expecting another 100m to win the league. Followed by the next season another 100m to be competative in the Champions league. Before you know it, you have to spend at least 50-75m a season to remain competative.

    Ashley has got some things wrong and his communication and media skills are sh##t to say the least but he has stabalised the club with some sensible buy’s. There have not been many bad ones recently now have there. Let’s hope for some action in the next two weeks, with the same steady approach. We all get frustrated at th lack of movement or press releases from the Club but stay calm. We did alright in Jan, let’s hope for more of the same and hope they have learnt from the mistakes last summer.

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  • mikeashleyisamackem

    Jul 2, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    Comment #30

    so roughly 120 million incomings and 107 million outgoings ive probs missed a few deals but obvious to me that we have paid for our selves he has given us jack shit

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  • mikeashleyisamackem

    Jul 2, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    Comment #31

    the gate reciepts should pay there wages and all the pies etc not to even mention tv money etc etc

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jul 2, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    Comment #32

    Unbelievable? 5 years have past and there are still people discussing the old ‘how to hurt / dislodge a billionaire’ argument.

    G,

    Not really. Well, not from me anyway.

    Just reiterating my point of view that he is a shocking owner and that any kind of success under his ownership is going to be severely limited on any footballing level.

    In just five years,

    We have now been relegated, overseen six managers in Allardyce, Houghton, Keegan, Kinnear, Shearer, Houghton, Pardew.

    Two Chairman in Chris Mort and Derek Llambias.

    Two directors of football in Dennis Wise and now Joe Kinnear.

    One resignation of a manager and a court case involving contructive dismissal.

    A re-naming of the stadium and tearing down the signs.

    Shocking PR and planning, problems with squad depth that have not been fixed or sufficient in any part of his reign.

    Forgive me for not wanting another five years of this lunitic haha 😉

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  • Sazzer

    Jul 2, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    Comment #33

    Babette van Haaren ?@Babettex23
    Toby Alderweireld, Christian Eriksen and Siem de Jong join Ajax on their trip to Austria today. No concrete interest.

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  • G

    Jul 2, 2013 at 12:46 AM

    Comment #34

    @30, you can buy the accounts yourself, should you wish. There have been many freely available posts from almost all of the fanizine sites, and many independent football sites. If you truly believe your maths is accurate, and that we owe MA nothing, then I am astonished. I have some news for you, turns out even though we pay transfer fees, once we have those players, for some bizzare reason, they expect some salary too. Then there are the hugely controversial agents fees, as well as performance bonuses, also, there’s the gas, electric, water bills, and the fact that the ground is in fact rented. Oh, by the way, those people that flog you drinks and dodgy sausage like things that taste of nothing, and programes, and keep control of the crowd as either stewards, or police, cost money. There are probably a hundred and one other costs involved that I cant be bothered to sit and work out, however, my point is, nobody does anything for nothing.

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  • jimmysmith

    Jul 2, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    Comment #35

    Lesh, its not me who thinks he hasn’t shuffled his assets. It’s surely those who think we actually owe him back the “loan”. Perhaps I haven’t made that as clear as I’d imagined in past posts.

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  • G

    Jul 2, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    Comment #36

    Just to add to that last post, how I wish you were right, but you are very far from it. I’m sure its a minority of toon fans happy with the circumstances, but look at Leeds, Pompey, Southampton (Pre-2010… obviously) and see how bad things can get. Things could be a sh**e sight worse.

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  • Sazzer

    Jul 2, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    Comment #37

    Borussia Dortmund are in for Mkhitaryan. PEA looks to be backup plan. Liverpool looks to be winning first race so we might have to go for our backup plan.

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  • mikeashleyisamackem

    Jul 2, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    Comment #38

    and you cant tell me he has not squeezed a 100million from sponsors tv money gate reciepts from the club shirt sales merchandise club shop bars pints etc because on recruitment he has spent nothing so everything else he has have had to of made his money back i just dont know where they get hese figures from because honestly where is the revenue going because its certainly not on player recruitment

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 2, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    Comment #39

    How Joe tried and failed to sign Aubameyang – the telephone call.
    JK: Hallow it’s Joe ere from the Toon can I speak to PEA
    PEA. I am sorry monsieur Joe there is nobody of zat name here.
    JK: Fuc**ng bollocks that bastard Percy’s given me a duff number.
    PEA: Mon Dieu monsieur Joe I do not like zee bad language.
    JK: You can F**k off you c**t -what’s your f**king name.
    PEA: My name ees Pierre Emerick Aubameyang.
    (Duuhhhh Joe realises his error and tries to rescue the
    situation with some small talk).
    JK: Ah Pierre -what team do you play for.
    PEA: ASSE
    JK: Who are you calling an arse -you can f**k off you c**t I’m not going to sign you ya cheeky c**t -now f**k off.

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  • G

    Jul 2, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    Comment #40

    @38, if you read the accounts, mainly Barclays. We have Sheppard / Hall to thank for that one.

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