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Newcastle suffer blow in striker pursuit

St. Etienne ace Pierre-Emerick AubameyangNewcastle’s hopes of luring Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to the Premier League this summer have suffered a setback, with news that Anzhi Makhachkala are readying a £25million bid for the forward, according to reports from talkSPORT.

Magpies chief Alan Pardew is said to have placed the Saint-Etienne star at the very top of his transfer wish list, and was believed to be willing to dedicate a large chunk of his budget to securing a deal.

However, Anzhi are now in the race for the Gabon international, and have the spending power to blow Newcastle out of the water.

The Russians are willing to offer around £25m for the 23-year-old, a figure that his current employers will find hard to resist.

Toon owner Mike Ashley is unlikely to consider matching such a sum, with his policy of snapping up promising stars for reduced fees well known.

Aubameyang was one of Ligue 1’s top talents last term, scoring 19 goals as Saint-Etienne narrowly missed out on Champions League qualification.

A number of other Premier League sides have been linked with the versatile attacker, including both Arsenal and Aston Villa.

Aubameyang is rumoured to be keen on a return to former club AC Milan, but he could be tempted by Anzhi, who will likely offer him a bumper contract.

Newcastle fans, would it be a big blow to miss out on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang?

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