Newcastle were one of the busiest clubs in January signing the likes of French internationals Moussa Sissoko and Mathieu Debuchy, and with the club looking to push forward again in the summer, they could once more be one of the busier clubs. Alan Pardew has already spoken about the likelihood of bringing in new players this summer (according to Teamtalk) and the need to strengthen the underbelly of the club, which is more pronounced after the well publicised failures of last summer and a largely disappointing season so far this term.
With several areas of the side still looking a little thin, here is an update on ten transfer targets who could be heading in to St. James’ Park in the summer.
10. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Over the last week or so, many reports in the UK press have circled regarding the St Etienne striker and a possible move away from France. However, Newcastle first looked at the striker in the build up to the January transfer window and are still thought to be in pole position.
Owner Mike Ashley flew out to France with head scout Graham Carr last weekend and Newcastle are said to be very interested in Aubameyang, who could have come to Tyneside in January before he decided to stay until the end of the current season at the very least.
He has managed 16 goals so far this season and Newcastle face stiff competition for the Gabon international, who played at St. James’ Park during the Olympics, with the Mirror naming Arsenal, Chelsea and PSG as his suitors.
However, it appears the player and his agent are impressed by Newcastle’s continued interest and the fact that Ashley went to watch him in person. While Champions League football may take Aubameyang elsewhere, the French contingent and Newcastle’s passion for the player could yet see him go to Tyneside.
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This article was first posted on March 25, 2013