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Newcastle Turn To New Striker Target – A Potential Bargain

10:33 pm, Friday, June 13th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 61 Comments

Newcastle were after Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang – then at French club  Saint Etienne – eighteen months ago – and he was an initial target for Newcastle last summer, until it became clear that bigger clubs than Newcastle were interested in him – which seems not unlike some of our striker targets this summer too – and that could be a bad omen.

Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang

Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang – at Borussia Dortmund

But Pierre finally signed for top German club Borussia Dortmund, who were losing Champions League finalists last year,  after he had scored 21 goals in 44 appearances for his French club in his previous season,  and over his three seasons at Saint Etienne he scored 41 goals in 96 appearances, which is not too bad at all.

And there are reports coming out of France today that Dortmund are willing to sell their Gabon striker if the price is right – after he scored 16 goals in 37 appearances for Dortmund last season, but was often used a substitute for the German side.

Pierre will turn 25 later this month, and his transfer fee last summer was undisclosed,  but thought to be around £10M and his wages will be high at Dortmund too.

This is what Borussia Dortmund’s Sporting Director Michael Zorc said last July, after the club had just signed him:

“He is offensively very versatile, has a lot of pace in his game, is a threat in front of goal and will provide us with more options.”

Certainly the player has speed and is very mobile, not unlike Loic Remy who had an excellent season for us last term – but wants to move to a bigger and more ambitious club than Newcastle United – and it seems he will sign for either Arsenal or Tottenham.

The news  being reported is that Pierre could be available for as little as €8M (£6.5M) this summer, and that’s a really low price for such a good player, so Newcastle will be interested – but how well did he play in the tough German league last season is a question that needs to be answered.

And why are Borussia Dortmund so keen to let him go,  after serving only one year of his five year deal in Germany?

Newcastle seem to have been embarrassingly poor in the transfer market so far this summer – at least for our top targets – and the selling clubs are starting to realize how we conduct our business – we try to get the very lowest transfer fee possible, and then walk away if we cannot get a really good deal.

If Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang is anywhere near as good as he was last summer, then Newcastle should move in and sign him quickly – and when we bid – we should bid a decent price so it doesn’t upset one of the top clubs in Europe.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Newcastle News · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

61 responses so far ↓

  • 1 lesh // Jun 13, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    The bid’s in – €10 plus a Sports Direct mug for each of the Borussia board!

  • 2 G // Jun 13, 2014 at 10:45 PM

    I would still take him like

  • 3 tynesidetommo // Jun 13, 2014 at 10:46 PM

    So because the Germans have slashed the price by 70% there is an unsubstantiated belief that the club will bid for a player who supposedly doesn’t want to okay for the Toon. This makes as much sense as our transfer policy

  • 4 tynesidetommo // Jun 13, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    * play

  • 5 Graeme // Jun 13, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    Lesh, you were doing ok until you gave all those mugs away mate. How we going to make a profit if you shell out freebies on every deal!!

  • 6 Mister Tuff // Jun 13, 2014 at 10:51 PM

    This lad can play football -no doubts along the lines of whether he’s good enough or not.
    Get a bid in (decent one).

  • 7 BonVoyageBenny // Jun 13, 2014 at 10:53 PM

    I think that us putting a bid in would be optimistic. Having said that, Graham Carr’s word is considered holy within the NUFC boardroom, and if he was so keen on him a year and a half ago not much will have changed. What I’ve noticed is that players still appreciate a desire to be signed, Remy came on loan after seeing how hard we’d pushed for him, Perez said that Pardew’s insistent nature made him want to sign, and should we go in for Aubemeyang then I’m sure it’ll be remembered that we have already tried to sign him once before!!

  • 8 Average_Contents // Jun 13, 2014 at 10:54 PM

    but how well did he play in the tough German league last season is a question that needs to be answered.

    Erm….16 goals ed so I’d wager fairly well

    Can’t see them wanting to sell tbh and 16 goals in his first season in a new league which is far more demanding than Ligue 1 I might add! They’d be mad too

  • 9 lochinvar // Jun 13, 2014 at 10:54 PM

    Anybody reading this..Today’s business news … so now we know where the money is ….we could buy a world class team for this sort of dollar:
    ”High Street sports and leisure store Sports Direct have bidded for ownership of Cotswolds Outdoor. The brand, under Director Mike Ashley have offered to meet the £300m price for AS Adventure, Cotswold’s parent corporation, owned by Lion Capital”

  • 10 armchair fan // Jun 13, 2014 at 10:55 PM


    Hahaha you cracked me up with that one, mind you the 70% off on PEA’s price tag is much a cliche to his store

    It’s bad enough having 2 in the town never mind the stadium having it placed over the top of it

  • 11 Average_Contents // Jun 13, 2014 at 11:04 PM


    If only he’d meet other clubs valuations of their players then we wouldn’t have a problem!

    Another instance where he’s expanding his main interest by acquiring extra businesses or resources to make it successful whereas he doesn’t expand with us I.e buy players to improve us he just leaves us to rot because he doesn’t give a shit aslong as that tv money keeps rolling in and he can whore his beloved around the world for free

    Fat kunt

  • 12 Average_Contents // Jun 13, 2014 at 11:08 PM

    On the Ross McCormack thread

    It was Fulham who bid 5m for him according to SSN

  • 13 JAMSHA // Jun 13, 2014 at 11:13 PM

    australias defence is sooo weak :'(

  • 14 shearer4pm // Jun 13, 2014 at 11:21 PM

    i believe dortmund have a deal in place to bring in immobile from torino so they might want to let him go, us getting him on the other hand is a different story

  • 15 Novocastrian66 // Jun 13, 2014 at 11:23 PM

    Trouble is Ashley wants discount for cash. The vendors would rather have €15m over 3 years than €10m upfront.

  • 16 beermonkey // Jun 13, 2014 at 11:34 PM

    average @8

    bang on why would you sell a near 1 in 2 striker on the cheap in his first season after a step up in leagues you would be mad

  • 17 Toon Tang // Jun 13, 2014 at 11:40 PM

    Tim Cahill playing with a 4 on his back but as a striker is throwing me right off, I’m gunna have a lie down at half time i reckon , my grey matter cant process that type of thing this late at night..

  • 18 JAMSHA // Jun 13, 2014 at 11:40 PM

    cahilllllllllllllllllllllll lov u

  • 19 Belfast // Jun 13, 2014 at 11:40 PM

    Not a chance.

    And Lesh don’t knock those sports direct mugs. They’re very good for pissing in.

  • 20 Big Pappa Cissé // Jun 13, 2014 at 11:41 PM

    Seriously doubt Dortmund will let Aubemayang leave with Lewandowski on his way to Bayern.

    Yes they have signed Immobile (great player by the way) but they don’t have many quality strikers so I cant see them letting him leave tbh.

  • 21 JAMSHA // Jun 13, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    i rather have cahill than cissi in our team… more goals from crosses an setpieces

  • 22 beermonkey // Jun 13, 2014 at 11:46 PM


    no we wouldn’t all we do is aim at willo
    no1 else gets a chance

  • 23 JAMSHA // Jun 13, 2014 at 11:48 PM

    haha mate with cahill… willo wont be able to beat him

  • 24 toonarmydownsouth // Jun 13, 2014 at 11:50 PM

    ITV Should be immediately banned from ever again showing any live sporting event and Adrian Chiles should launched from a medieval style catapult straight in to a brick wall

  • 25 Belfast // Jun 13, 2014 at 11:52 PM

    I was just about to suggest Adrian Chiles for a knighthood

  • 26 Belfast // Jun 13, 2014 at 11:55 PM

    Catapult him first though

  • 27 JAMSHA // Jun 13, 2014 at 11:58 PM

    hope ausi score ,an dont conced (pray)

  • 28 Big Pappa Cissé // Jun 14, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Chiles should be forced to walk through Rio in an Argentina shirt with I hate God and Pele is rubbish printed on the back of it .

  • 29 JAMSHA // Jun 14, 2014 at 12:08 AM

    cahill looks dangerous…. n fk the ref was a penalty

  • 30 JAMSHA // Jun 14, 2014 at 12:10 AM

    wrfffffffffffdfff refffffff

  • 31 JAMSHA // Jun 14, 2014 at 12:12 AM

    cahill in cisse out

  • 32 Sazzer // Jun 14, 2014 at 12:18 AM

    Big Pappa Cissé
    The have also bought Adrián Ramos and haven’t really used PEA as striker this season and who knows they might also plan to go for Lukaku or Mandzukic or a more traditional winger than PEA.

  • 33 beermonkey // Jun 14, 2014 at 12:19 AM


    re cahill was surprised a top club never went in for him at everton, also thought he went to the states to early thought he had more to offer here

  • 34 Sazzer // Jun 14, 2014 at 12:20 AM

    Futbol Agent ?@Futbol_Agent_
    EXCLUSIVE: Newcastle will announce a signing on Monday. Just been informed on this. #Confirmed #NUFC

  • 35 Sazzer // Jun 14, 2014 at 12:25 AM

    I did some research and this was 4 hours before bullshit agent exclusive news: ?@nufcfans
    Latest: #NUFC close to breakthrough – expected to announce their next summer signing on Monday, understands

  • 36 JAMSHA // Jun 14, 2014 at 12:29 AM


    man cahill would be a class signg for us… short man can beat a tall player…. im jst loven every time i see him head..almost scored again

  • 37 JAMSHA // Jun 14, 2014 at 12:33 AM

    looks like this licki or somtng on right wing for ausi looks good has nice pace… we must get him as obertans replacement

  • 38 beermonkey // Jun 14, 2014 at 12:39 AM

    shame good got injured think he would have been a starter

  • 39 JAMSHA // Jun 14, 2014 at 12:40 AM

    these refs are racist…. giveng all spanish speakng team advantage

  • 40 jimmysmith // Jun 14, 2014 at 12:51 AM

    The purist in me is looking forward to Van Gaal at Man U with money to spend. Couldn’t see David Moyes masterminding a 5 goal hammering of Spain, although as a Toon fan I have mixed emotions, but of course I’m entirely used to that.

  • 41 Belfast // Jun 14, 2014 at 1:00 AM

    Good detective work there Sazzer. Fancy joining Bi5 blog ops ?

  • 42 Kamikaze Koala // Jun 14, 2014 at 1:01 AM

    Just giving a shout if there is any Geordies out in Toronto/mississagua watch the England game at a pub, sports bar give us a shout

  • 43 Belfast // Jun 14, 2014 at 1:04 AM

    It’s the blog intelligence unit. New position available after we sacked mactoon.

  • 44 Thump // Jun 14, 2014 at 1:06 AM

    Our transfer business should just be turned into a soap opera. Think Pokemon, only the goal is to make people believe we’re “getting them over the line”.

  • 45 Sazzer // Jun 14, 2014 at 1:17 AM

    Definitely but I’m not sure I qualified I haven’t figured out who supposed to be signing.

  • 46 ilovetoon8788 // Jun 14, 2014 at 1:19 AM

    why on earth will he be available for 8 million or 10 million?

    makes no logic whatsoever. and he’s actually expecting to leave c.league to join tyneside? lol. west ham is more ambitious than us.

    poor article.

  • 47 jimmysmith // Jun 14, 2014 at 1:28 AM

    Cabella, Siem De Jong, Grenier, Lassoga are all players Newcastle should be able to go out and buy with relative ease. Very good, but not elite. The degree of haggling and subsequent failure to secure the quality we require and can and should have is becoming glaring to even the most casual observer. A leopard doesn’t change its spots, so you’ve got to hope Ashley is ultimately smart enough to know when he’s pushed the boat out far enough. Otherwise, I’d suggest we devote ourselves to otherworldly pursuits, because there’s not gonna be too much joy in this life if he doesn’t. I’m starting to worry we might have done something terribly wrong in a previous one to deserve this particular one.

  • 48 lesh // Jun 14, 2014 at 1:30 AM

    Graeme…. The SD mugs are thrown in by Ashley as a personal gift and like everything he puts into Newcastle United, they don’t affect the bottom line – he says!

    The man’s a gift to mankind and his generosity should’t be viewed with cyncism

  • 49 MacToon // Jun 14, 2014 at 1:31 AM

    You cannot sack me ya dingbat!

  • 50 thai-mag // Jun 14, 2014 at 1:43 AM

    Ed, a bargain at 10 million plus high wages, I don’t know why you waste your time putting out stories like this, it’s just not going to happen any time soon

  • 51 swemag // Jun 14, 2014 at 3:22 AM

    We are all worried and by god we should be.

    What is clear is that the transfer policy that has been adapted of offering way below asking price is backfiring big time.

    Both agents and clubs have figured us out and still our owner seems to think that everyone in the football world is trying to take us for a ride. Guess what, if someone wants to pay more than us then that is the market price.

    My grandma could see that Bony was class. Jesus Christ.

    Really. We have been saved by Cabaye for two seasons now. There was no way that he was going to stay, he wanted something else, nothing wrong with selling, but god there is something wrong with not reinvesting the money when we are desperate to find a replacement for the role.

    Mr Ashley, if you don’t get a replacement your club will not be playing PL football 2015/16. That massive TV income will not be coming your way.

    It is easy to see that it is tempting to think for fans and owners alike that the TV money is going to save us. Guess what, every agent and European club knows about this. More money in the pocket, prices goes up. There is no way around that. Not spending any of it is not the answer.

    Action now please. Grenier, Cabella, Lacazette – just pay the money. Not all of them will work out, that is just the nature of the game, at least one of them will, for sure.

  • 52 Average_Contents // Jun 14, 2014 at 7:09 AM


    That nufcfans link just took me to old stories there was nothing new there, don’t know if it’s my phone playing up mate or the link was wrong?

    Be good if true and it’s a quality striker or midfielder

  • 53 Thump // Jun 14, 2014 at 7:28 AM

    @Average_Contents: That’s the point. nufcfans are full of shite, mate.

  • 54 Average_Contents // Jun 14, 2014 at 7:43 AM

    Oh lol I thought he was saying futbol agent was full of shit because he found it 4hrs earlier from nufcfans

  • 55 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jun 14, 2014 at 7:51 AM

    Football agents are full of shit 😉

  • 56 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jun 14, 2014 at 7:55 AM

    lesh…even tough NoNuts throws the mugs in as a personal gift do you think the the Club might owe him for them? 😉

  • 57 Average_Contents // Jun 14, 2014 at 8:04 AM


    Of course but instead of 70% off we pay the full market price of £49.99 per mug 😉

  • 58 musomag // Jun 14, 2014 at 8:56 AM

    Dream on, it’s never ever going to happen.

  • 59 musomag // Jun 14, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    What next?….NUFC announce bids for Messi, Ronaldo and Suarez? Come on Ed, give us some facts for a change.

  • 60 Laurent Robert 32 // Jun 14, 2014 at 9:17 AM

    You’ll never know how good he is until you sign him up. Sitting on the money is only good for the fat man.

  • 61 geordieGibson19 // Jun 14, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    No good promising this and that , so many transfer targets and not so many signings , get off your fat ass Ashley and go and spend!

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