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Newcastle keen on Ligue 1 star

St. Etienne's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Newcastle United‘s Director of Football Joe Kinnear is eager to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, according to The Journal.

The St. Etienne attacker has been heavily linked with the Premier League side, after impressing this season in Ligue 1.

And Kinnear is desperately trying to convince owner Mike Ashley to fund a second bid for the Gabon international by Friday. It is unconfirmed how much Newcastle originally bid for Aubameyang, but St. Etienne believe they could get £17million for the forward.

The club’s director of football received a negative reception when he was confirmed to be returning to the club, but Kinnear believes that signing Aubameyang would get the fans on his side.

The 24-year-old, who scored 19 goals in Ligue 1 last season, is said to be interested in talking to the Toon ahead of a possible move to England.

Despite reports suggesting he was unhappy with Kinnear’s appointment, it seems Graham Carr is working alongside the 66-year-old to sign the Gabon international. Carr recommended Aubameyang to the club over a year ago and shares Kinnear’s enthusiasm for the skilful attacker.

Kinnear goes on a pre-planned family break on Friday, although he is yet to appear in the North East. Newcastle’s non-internationals will appear at the club’s training ground on Wednesday, as they start their pre-season training.

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