Newcastle Turn To New Striker Target – A Potential Bargain


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.


61 comments so far

  • lesh

    Jun 13, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #1

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

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  • G

    Jun 13, 2014 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #2

    I would still take him like

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  • tynesidetommo

    Jun 13, 2014 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #3

    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

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  • tynesidetommo

    Jun 13, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #4

    * play

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  • Graeme

    Jun 13, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #5

    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!!

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 13, 2014 at 10:51 PM

    Comment #6

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

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  • BonVoyageBenny

    Jun 13, 2014 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #7

    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!!

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  • Average_Contents

    Jun 13, 2014 at 10:54 PM

    Comment #8

    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

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  • lochinvar

    Jun 13, 2014 at 10:54 PM

    Comment #9

    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”

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  • armchair fan

    Jun 13, 2014 at 10:55 PM

    Comment #10

    Lesh

    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

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  • Average_Contents

    Jun 13, 2014 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #11

    Lochinvar

    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

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  • Average_Contents

    Jun 13, 2014 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #12

    On the Ross McCormack thread

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

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  • JAMSHA

    Jun 13, 2014 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #13

    australias defence is sooo weak :'(

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  • shearer4pm

    Jun 13, 2014 at 11:21 PM

    Comment #14

    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

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  • Novocastrian66

    Jun 13, 2014 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #15

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

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  • beermonkey

    Jun 13, 2014 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #16

    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

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  • Toon Tang

    Jun 13, 2014 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #17

    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..

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  • JAMSHA

    Jun 13, 2014 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #18

    cahilllllllllllllllllllllll lov u

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  • Belfast

    Jun 13, 2014 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #19

    Not a chance.

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

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Jun 13, 2014 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #20

    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.

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  • JAMSHA

    Jun 13, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #21

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

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  • beermonkey

    Jun 13, 2014 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #22

    jamsha

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

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  • JAMSHA

    Jun 13, 2014 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #23

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

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jun 13, 2014 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #24

    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

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  • Belfast

    Jun 13, 2014 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #25

    I was just about to suggest Adrian Chiles for a knighthood

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  • Belfast

    Jun 13, 2014 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #26

    Catapult him first though

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  • JAMSHA

    Jun 13, 2014 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #27

    hope ausi score ,an dont conced (pray)

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Jun 14, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #28

    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 .

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  • JAMSHA

    Jun 14, 2014 at 12:08 AM

    Comment #29

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

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  • JAMSHA

    Jun 14, 2014 at 12:10 AM

    Comment #30

    wrfffffffffffdfff refffffff

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  • JAMSHA

    Jun 14, 2014 at 12:12 AM

    Comment #31

    cahill in cisse out

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  • Sazzer

    Jun 14, 2014 at 12:18 AM

    Comment #32

    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.

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  • beermonkey

    Jun 14, 2014 at 12:19 AM

    Comment #33

    jamsha

    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

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  • Sazzer

    Jun 14, 2014 at 12:20 AM

    Comment #34

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

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  • Sazzer

    Jun 14, 2014 at 12:25 AM

    Comment #35

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

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  • JAMSHA

    Jun 14, 2014 at 12:29 AM

    Comment #36

    beermonkey

    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

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  • JAMSHA

    Jun 14, 2014 at 12:33 AM

    Comment #37

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

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  • beermonkey

    Jun 14, 2014 at 12:39 AM

    Comment #38

    shame good got injured think he would have been a starter

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  • JAMSHA

    Jun 14, 2014 at 12:40 AM

    Comment #39

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

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  • jimmysmith

    Jun 14, 2014 at 12:51 AM

    Comment #40

    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.

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