Arsenal trail Inter Milan in race to sign African striker

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Inter Milan have emerged as the favourites to claim the signature of Saint-Etienne striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang during the summer transfer window, while Arsenal and Newcastle also pursue the Gabon international.

The 23-year-old has found the net 17 times in 30 appearances in Ligue 1 this season and, according to talkSPORT, Aubameyang's potent form in front of goal has led to interest from Inter, Arsenal and Newcastle.

It is, Inter, however who have been installed as the frontrunners to sign the player, with claims in the Italian press that the Serie A giants remain in negotiations with Saint-Etienne after seeing an initial bid of €10 million rejected.

Whether or not Arsenal and Newcastle decide to formalise their apparent interest in Aubameyang remains unclear, although both Arsene Wenger and Alan Pardew are likely to pursue goalscoring reinforcements come the transfer period.

Arsenal have still yet to sufficiently compensate for the departure of Robin van Persie last year and, although the Gunners signed Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski, continue to be link with more would be acquisitions.

Along with Aubameyang, Barcelona striker David Villa has been touted as a target for the Gunners, while Spain international Adrian Lopez has also been mentioned as a potential recruit.

Newcastle, meanwhile, are lacking firepower following the sale of leading scorer Demba Ba to Chelsea in the January transfer window.

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