Newcastle have had their hopes of signing Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang crushed after the player’s agent, Oscar Damiani, admitted “he would like to return to Italy.”

Newcastle owner, Mike Ashley, had previously flown out to France to watch Aubameyang in action before he made the switch to Dortmund, and the club were considering rekindling their interest this summer, but now look set to lose out, according to Metro.

Roma have now emerged as favourites to land the Gabon international, with reports earlier this month claiming that Dortmund would be happy to let him go if they receive a decent offer, having failed to break into the first-team, despite scoring 13 times since his £11million move.

Aubameyang began his career in Italy, working his way up from the bottom at AC Milan, before making a move to Saint-Etienne in Ligue 1.

The player believes he would be given the chance to prove that he could fill the hole left by Robert Lewandowski, who has agreed to join rival club Bayern Munich on a free transfer this summer, but the £17million signing of Ciro Immobile has forced the player to consider his options.

Newcastle are in need of a striker capable of replacing Loic Remy, who scored 14 goals for the club while on loan from Queens Park Rangers last season, but could be forced to accept defeat in their pursuit of Aubameyang.

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