Saint Etienne forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has said that he would be interested in a move to England, and especially to north-east England with Alan Pardew's Newcastle United.
According to media speculation this week, Saint Etienne chairman Bernard Caiazzo accepted a £17m bid from Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala for the Gabon international earlier this week, and rejected a £15m offer from Newcastle for the player.
But despite Anzhi Makhachkala's interest in the forward, Aubameyang has always stated that he wants to play in the Premier League, and that a move to Newcastle would appeal to him because of the city's passionate supporters.
Speaking to Sky Sports News, Aubameyang said: "I will choose England before any other destination. My dream has always been to play in one for the top two leagues in the world. Newcastle is a good club and St James' Park is a monumental stadium where there is passionate fans."
Newcastle and Anzhi Makhachkala's interest comes after Aubameyang had another impressive season in Ligue 1, where he helped Saint Etienne to a fifth-place finish. He made 44 appearances for Les Verdes last season, scoring 21 goals.
Aubameyang began his career in Italy with AC Milan after he came through their academy as a junior. But upon signing his professional deal, Aubameyang struggled to get into the side and was loaned out to Sporting Dijon in 2008, LOSC Lillle in 2009, AS Monaco in 2010 and Saint Etienne in 2011.
He then signed a permanent deal with Saint Etienne following his successful loan spell.
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