Saturday Was Aubameyang, So If This Is Sunday Newcastle Must Be Buying Bony
In Newcastle we’ve long understood that the first signs of Summer aren’t seeing that big orange thing in the sky, instead it is the transfer speculation multiplies tenfold and gives you a bigger headache than sunstroke ever will on Tyneside.
So yesterday the story doing the rounds was that Newcastle’s top target was St Etienne forward, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, this following on from the reported Newcastle interest in Andy Carroll fading away to nothing.
The Vitesse Arnhem striker has scored an impressive 46 goals in 63 appearances since signing from Sparta Prague in 2011.
Whether Newcastle actually have any interest in the player is one thing but surely an even bigger hurdle to overcome is the fact that Bony’s goal record hasn’t exactly gone unnoticed elsewhere.
The striker has been linked with at least half a dozen Premier League clubs as well as clubs in Russia and elsewhere.
The fee that has been generally speculated is around £12m but you would expect that to be where the bidding will start with a goal record like that.
Arnhem aren’t going to let their biggest asset leave on the cheap and Newcastle’s stated policy of not getting into bidding wars would make this another most unlikely capture.
Though what we can’t get away from is the desperate need to add at least one proven goalscorer, though ideally two, and whoever Newcastle sign (if anybody!) is unlikely to come cheap.
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