Newcastle Target Chose Dortmund And Lower Fee Over Magpies

There are reports in France tonight that Newcastle’s top transfer target, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, turned down other clubs, including Newcastle, to join European Champions League finalists Borussia Dortmund, and it seems St. Etienne accepted less money from Dortmund than other clubs had offered for the striker.

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – chose Dortmund

The news is in But! Football club, which reports on French football and their report is here, and this is the translation via Google Translate:

“ASSE – Why the club has refused better deals for Aubameyang”

“We have known since Thursday, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will wear the jersey of Borussia Dortmund next season. The club finalist of the last Champions League has spent € 13M (€ 2M bonus) to secure the services of the International Gabon.”

“In doing so, leaders St. Etienne kept their word: they had indeed promised to let PEA choose his destination, from the moment the offer was made. The 23 year-old has favored the sporting challenge at Dortmund and ASSE has turned its back on proposals from Anzhi Makhachkala, Rubin Kazan or Newcastle.”

So it seems it was the player’s choice to go to Borussia Dortmund, and that AS St. Etienne (ASSE) seem to have accepted less money than was bid by other clubs, in order that their player could choose the club he wanted to join.

And this will also explain why Newcastle are supposed to have offered up to £15M for the Gabon International early last week.

The fact that the German club was Aubameyang’s first choice was probably one reason the deal was tied up so quickly once Dortmund got the all clear to move in.

It is not dissimilar to what happened last summer when our top striker target then – FC Twente’s Luuk de Jong – chose another German club, Borussia Monchengladbach over Newcastle.

This news is a little strange, because we thought Pierre-Emerick wanted to play in the Premier League, but we suppose not – and he’s another one that got away.

But it’s a blow to Newcastle’s transfer plans this summer that we have missed out on our top striker target for the third transfer window running.

What do you think?

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92 comments so far

  • jimmysmith

    Jul 7, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    Comment #1

    Well, Dortmund are a great side and club, so I’ll take that one on the chin.

  • Newcastle Brown Alien

    Jul 7, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #2

    Well dortmund are champions league finalists, who emolished real madrid, play in front of 80,000 fans. Fair enough to him, best of luck.

  • NUFCarter

    Jul 8, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    Comment #3

    I’d love to see PEA do well at borrusia, but it would be depressing knowing that he could have been at NUFC.

  • beddersmag

    Jul 8, 2013 at 12:09 AM

    Comment #4

    Was never going to happen. Lots of wasted wishes on this kid, we toon fans are delusional at times. Cant blame him of course.

  • SeanNufc87

    Jul 8, 2013 at 12:10 AM

    Comment #5

    Blah blah blah! Typical mike Ashley! Blah blah blah no ambition! Blah blah blah just bid a couple more mill ffs! Blah blah blah…

    How many times you willing to be wrong by jumping on the bandwagon pulled along by ‘the sun’
    ‘The star’ and other such tripe thats plucked from thin air?

  • spitfire_

    Jul 8, 2013 at 12:12 AM

    Comment #6

    If we was more persistent and didn’t wait JFK to dip his old arse into some ocean and try to take him a weeks earlier… the situation could be other. Well… at least we try… but the to say only that isn’t enough.

  • Graeme

    Jul 8, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    Comment #7

    You just cant argue with his choice, given our performances last season. He is joining a superb Football Club, with none of the garbage that is currently swamping NUFC!!

    Good luck to him

  • Black and White with an army lol

    Jul 8, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    Comment #8

    i think this proves that all players around the globe don’t want to come here, all players would want to go to a team who are a forward thinking team and show ambition unlike Newcastle

  • SeanNufc87

    Jul 8, 2013 at 12:24 AM

    Comment #9


    Are you kidding? Got nothing to do with them being champions league finalists? Winning the league? Give yer head a shake.

  • jeff

    Jul 8, 2013 at 12:27 AM

    Comment #10

    who cares?he looks like an attention seeker.would prefer bent

  • jayphoto

    Jul 8, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    Comment #11

    Think Ed that his first choice was the premier league and Man City! They werent interested now mancini is gone tho! PEA has a big point to prove to the world and wanted to play at the top level, think we were first choice if no champions league clubs came in

  • jayphoto

    Jul 8, 2013 at 12:36 AM

    Comment #12

    Also, talk in france has us looking at jeremy menez… Looks set to leave PSG

  • lesh

    Jul 8, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    Comment #13

    What do you think?

    Joe Kinnear, that’s why! Wouldn’t you be impressed at what he’s done for Newcastle United?

    Don’t ask for chapter and verse though!!

  • djm...

    Jul 8, 2013 at 12:40 AM

    Comment #14

    Surely if a player says he would choose a league over any other, it would be understood if he was to change his mind when offered a move to one of the biggest clubs in the world, from another league? Dortmund are one of the most progressive teams in the world, so good luck to the kid. He did also have a lot of positive things to say about us, and some of which contradict our own fans beliefs.

  • Charlietoon

    Jul 8, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    Comment #15

    Good insight into how we do our business regardless of the idiotic mouth of Joe K. Despite every NUFC fan clamouring for a sound bite or some info to help us through the next 24 hours, the club has not come out and said ‘get off our back we did bid for him and he still didn’t want to come’ which would have been an easy way for Ashley to say go shove it fans, if he wanted to but would have weakened our bargaining position for future deals. Deals and business come first even if it is at the expense of the fans sanity

  • gonufc (not Arf' bad)

    Jul 8, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    Comment #16

    I just hope, that unlike in the past, we have other targets for that money to be spent on!

  • Thump

    Jul 8, 2013 at 3:14 AM

    Comment #17

    No arguments with this. The lad preferred Dortmund and went – good on him for taking his time.

  • Marty-Toon

    Jul 8, 2013 at 5:33 AM

    Comment #18

    Fair play,he’s goin to a team that actually know how to play football

  • Santon03

    Jul 8, 2013 at 5:45 AM

    Comment #19

    Damn Ashley & JK, we should have offered PEA 8mil/year contract and St Etiene 40mil. No Ambition!!!

    😛 😛

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 8, 2013 at 5:50 AM

    Comment #20

    Such a shame that Mike Ashley sent a blatant message last year that mid table with Europe a hinderance was our aim and if the message wasn’t understood he had his two stooges big up a top ten finish I bet this really sold us, yeah so a big black eye for critics of our illustrious and ambitious owner.

  • Ben3arfa

    Jul 8, 2013 at 6:03 AM

    Comment #21

    Two weeks ago, I said we were favourites unless Dortmund entered the race for PEA then we would not stand a chance. I was proven correct.

    In the end good on PEA for moving to such a great and forward moving club in Dortmund, we had very little to offer him apart from playing in the EPL in front of a big crowd and with some extra French players.

    In the end if Carroll left us for Liverfool why get mad at PEA? lol

  • Santon03

    Jul 8, 2013 at 6:13 AM

    Comment #22

    Should have bought PEA from Milan 3 years ago for peanut, damn you Ashley, Carr, & JK!!

  • Santon03

    Jul 8, 2013 at 6:15 AM

    Comment #23

    should have bought PEA when he was a baby, DAMMMNN YOUU, No Ambitions!!


    Jul 8, 2013 at 6:20 AM

    Comment #24

    Can anyone blame the lad for making the choice he has !

    If you just look at the Motley Crew running the Club and you read all the Fuss and Un-rest on here among the supporters !

    With the appointment of Kinnear as ???? What is his function / position exactly ? Well the point is no star players are sought after targets, are even going to consider moving to
    Newcastle with the present Owners and Directers at the club!

    Every day there is a different name on here with Post headlines like:

    “Newcastle could be interested in this player”! then a day later,

    “Is this player a Newcastle Target”?

    This is all typical of the way Newcastle are at the moment, and until a new trainer comes or there is a change of owners, this is how its going to continue!

    I can see narrowly missing relegation in this coming season too ! With players like Cabaye and Krul being sold to the highest bidder?

    Lots come on here and say that the club is being run well and we are not in Debt? The truth is that at the end of the day looking at the way the club is being run at the moment i believe we are going to be fighting for Prem survival for years to come?

    PEA to Dortmund is not really surprising to me, he took one look at us and all the press bullshit and that clown Kinnear and made his choice.
    We could of offered 50Mil, i still don,t think he would of come to St James?

    Meanwhile Boney will complete his move to Swansea City today, having trained with his new team-mates last weekend .

    Plus Sunderland have completed the 10Mil Euro transfer of Altidore from AZ Alkmaar, a club record transfer for the Dutch club.

    DEPRESSED ! You bet i am !

  • 89Norcal

    Jul 8, 2013 at 6:25 AM

    Comment #25

    Santon03, don’t you just hate when you miss those chances? 🙂

    Think it was West Ham that could have had Neymar for ~12-15m a few years ago. At any rate he made it reasonably clear he wanted CL football so cant blame him. He probably would have turned down a few top english sides to play for the CL runners up.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jul 8, 2013 at 6:27 AM

    Comment #26

    Santon…you are actually making a good point not attentionally though!

    We do need to bring in the future tallent before they are at the stage PEA, both de Jong, Bony and the likes are now.

    That is what seperates the great clubs from the rest; here you have to disredatd the super rich club cause they work on a different level!

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jul 8, 2013 at 6:31 AM

    Comment #27


  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jul 8, 2013 at 6:42 AM

    Comment #28

    NUFC doesn’t have that many morning ppl do they 😀

  • Santon03

    Jul 8, 2013 at 6:54 AM

    Comment #29

    89Norcal & Jesper

    I think that’s what we are doing currently, trying to breed future stars, but it’s easier said than done.
    If Neymar had moved to WHU, he probably wouldn’t be the current Neymar. It’s like that movie called “Sliding Doors”, I think. We have breed stars like AC who made us 35mil, but I think it’s all depend on that person. If Rangers had not become problem youth, he would have been the new AC.
    It’s also depend on how good our academy, we might need coaches like Ajax or Barca’s.

    My point was stop balming every miss chances on Ashley, it’s not fair. He made errors and he will make new ones, but not everything was his own doing, sometimes things are just not worked as planned.
    People made it seems everything so easy like they can tell the future.

  • Tsunki

    Jul 8, 2013 at 6:55 AM

    Comment #30

    So there are young players who prefer the sporting challenge over just making as much money whatever it takes. What a contrast to Remy. Unfortunately what makes him an ideal player for us, also ruled him out of signing for us. Can’t blame him at all, given the current fiasco our setup is showing to be right now.

  • valle

    Jul 8, 2013 at 7:00 AM

    Comment #31

    Jesper… To be fair, England are an hour behind us.

  • Tsunki

    Jul 8, 2013 at 7:02 AM

    Comment #32

    Those signings y Swansea and the mackems dont depress me though. Most of the players bandied about as prospects are a fairly mediocre looking bunch. None proven in the PL yet. I somehow dont think it would be a good idea to hold our breath for a raft of top signings, I dont think it will happen. Pardew will get 3-4 months to make things work and if not he will be out, and the new man will get the transfer funds. For ‘new’ read ‘Joe’ and for ‘man’ read . . . . .

  • bills-son

    Jul 8, 2013 at 7:03 AM

    Comment #33

    Black and White says PEA wouldn’t come to us because we show no ambition – yet we bid more than BD for him!

    Yet again this shows how deluded and biased so many fans are against Ashley. He is damned if he does bid for a player and damned if he doesn’t.

    The fact is, other than Shearer, I cannot think of a really top player coveted by the reallt top teams who has ever chosen Newcastle. We aren’t and have never been a really top team ie., consistently challenging for the title, almost guaranteed top four finish and Champions League football every season. That was the case for years before Ashley even arrived.

    What fans need to understand is that if we show ambition by offering big money for players like PEA who also attract bids from Champs Lge clubs we are likely to lose out. We might be peed off at that but we should at least give Ashley credit for having a try instead of throwing more sh1t at him when the player makes the fairly obvious choice.

  • Tsunki

    Jul 8, 2013 at 7:05 AM

    Comment #34

    Oh and btw, my take on the Darren Bent saga is that if we just stop talking about it, it might just go away. Why on earth would we want what Villa dont want?

  • Tsunki

    Jul 8, 2013 at 7:14 AM

    Comment #35

    bills-son – but it doesn’t entirely let Ashley off the hook to say that he is not to blame because he is only the owner of a mediocre club does it? Taking the financial stability aspect out of it, the way he has run the club has been a penny-pinching consolidation for PL status to make money by percentages. He seems satisfied to protect his turnover while he uses the club as an advertising vehicle. I used to think he was a successful man driven to do well by his own ego, but I don’t think ambition has much to do with it any more, and the JFK appointment proves that to me. We are just a treadwater billboard now by the look of things, and MA has a lot to do to prove me wrong, which I hope he ccan.

  • Santon03

    Jul 8, 2013 at 7:15 AM

    Comment #36


    Let’s not talk about future stars like PEA, Bony, Lens, etc.
    If we only have Bent as a choice, don’t you think it’s better if we buy him rather than stuck with only Shola as our backup striker?

  • bills-son

    Jul 8, 2013 at 7:17 AM

    Comment #37

    Tsunki – Lpool didnt want Beardsley at 29 and he wax fantastic for us.

    Bent is no Beardsley but he is a proven Prem scorer and at the right price he is a no brainer for me.

  • valle

    Jul 8, 2013 at 7:18 AM

    Comment #38

    Bills… Ashley have lost allot of people along the way, and it aint because we didnt sign PEA this season. What you say is true, we arent a top side, but we could and should be. The foundation are there to build upon, and to be fair to Ashley, he has shown that he has some ideas to do just that. He has also made allot of critical mistakes, calculated business decisions that wendt against him, such as holding back the funds last summer… So I agree with you that we the fans often think to much of ourselves, but I also think that Ashley deserves the stick he gets right now and I will not in a million years understand how an apperently intelligent business man appoints JFK to run his business.

  • bills-son

    Jul 8, 2013 at 7:19 AM

    Comment #39

    Tsunki – if he is a penny pinching unambitious owner why did he bid for PEA.

    I’d be interested to hear how you explain that.

  • Tsunki

    Jul 8, 2013 at 7:20 AM

    Comment #40

    Santon – In short, no. Buying Bent would be a backward step. Currently he is having trouble getting a start in the worst Villa side for decades. He is typical of the journeyman mentality with no fight or loyalty or any sporting ambition, such as PEA apparently displays. He left the mackems in the lurch when he was on the verge of breaking into hero status there, apparently citing ‘footballing reasons’ for the move, which when translated means ‘money reasons’. If we got him, the dressing room would be a vacuum.


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