Newcastle United are in the running for St Etienne striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but the club's £15 million bid for the striker has been rejected, according to the Sunderland Echo.

The Magpies are thought to have asked the French outfit to keep them in the loop regarding offers for the striker, with St Etienne hoping to receive around £16m for their star player.

Aubameyang has also been linked with Monaco, AC Milan and Tottenham, but is believed to be looking to play Champions League football next season, although that won’t stop Newcastle in their attempts to land the 23-year-old.

The Gambon forward boasts an impressive goal-scoring record in France, having scored 37 goals in 87 appearances for St Etienne.

Newcastle are unlikely to have the funds to spend that much on the African, and will wait and see what develops from other interested clubs.

Marseille forward Andre-Pierre Gignac has also been linked with a move to Tyneside, the French international would cost around £12 million, but it is understood Newcastle have not identified him as a target.

New director of football Joe Kinnear and chief scout Graham Carr are trying to thrash out some transfer dealings within the next week.


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