For the third transfer window running, Newcastle have failed to land their top striker target.
Mike Ashley – what’s he trying to do with Newcastle?
A year ago we lost out to Borussia Mönchengladbach for FC Twente striker Luuk de Jong, and then in the January window, we missed out to bottom club QPR for France International Loic Remy.
And now it seems almost certain that Borussia Dortmund will be signing our number one striker target this summer – St. Etienne’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Dortmund are this season’s Championship League losing finalists, and they are both an excellent club and currently have a great team – and it looks like they will rather easily win the race for 24 year=old Gabon International.
Borussia Dortmund Sporting Director Michael Zorc told Kicker this today:
“We are very far in negotiations for Aubameyang. He is a very fast, prolific player. He is also versatile so he can adapt to our game.”
We suppose Joe Kinnear isn’t the best Director of Football on the planet after all.
Last summer, Newcastle were negotiating with Lille for their French International right back Mathieu Debuchy, and it was all about the fee – as usual.
But we failed to get many players through the door - and we paid for that last season, because our squad was far too small..
We suppose we have to get used to being second best these days in the transfer market – because that’s what we are – and while we may become a great team again – it will take a few years – probably many years.
And as we said early this morning – if only our owner Mike Ashley had some decent ambition for Newcastle – things could be a lot different.
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