In that winter transfer window, St.Etienne were forced to release the following statement after reports that Newcastle had made a bid for striker Pierre Emerick Aubameyang. Now it has been confirmed that Newcastle did indeed make an offer of around £8m in January which was knocked back.
It certainly seems as though both club and player are preparing for the striker to leave this summer, with Newcastle desperate to add another striker it could well be one to keep an eye on. As one of only two forwards to outscore Yoan Gouffran in France in the 18 months before Gouffran joined Newcastle, he could be a great buy.
As Van Leeuwen says, often it is the domino effect and if one team sells then they will want somebody in to replace them, whether Newcastle are in the mood to create a domino effect by pursuing Bony is anybody’s guess.
After rumours about a possible departure of Pierre Emerick Aubameyang to Newcastle published today in several media, AS Saint-Etienne wishes to clarify that the player, his agent and club officials have declined by mutual agreement all proposals that have been submitted so far.