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Newcastle on red alert as Aubameyang up for grabs

Last Updated on by James King

Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is understood to be attracting interest from Newcastle United in the January transfer window, with the Magpies reportedly set to splash out, following their acquisition by billionaire owners.

Aubameyang has been left out of every matchday squad since their fixture against Southampton, following a rift with manager Mikel Arteta which saw him stripped of his captaincy.

However, Newcastle are in desperate need of goals, especially following injuries to Callum Wilson and Allan Saint-Maximim and despite Aubameyang being in the twilight of his career, at 32, he has shown that he can still do a job at the highest level.

Newcastle on red alert as Aubameyang up for grabs

 

Attacking reinforcements key for Magpies

Currently sat in the relegation zone, January is a key month for Newcastle and new boss Eddie Howe, who will no doubt have identified a number of targets to help try to steer them to safety.

However, January is not ideal for embedding new players and those who can come in and hit the ground running, such as Aubameyang could be the most ideal recruits. The Gabon international’s predatorial instincts in and around the penalty area could be crucial and on his day, he is still one of the most lethal strikers in the world.

A new challenge on Tyneside could be just what Aubameyang needs, while his wage demands should not be an issue for a club that now has billions at its disposal. Because of Aubameyang being out of favour at the Gunners, it may not take a huge transfer fee, with the club likely to be keen just to get him off the books as soon as possible.

It is understood that the Magpies are also keen on Napoli’s Euro 2020 winner Lorenzo Insigne, with the forward having only six months left on his contract, however, like Aubameyang, the Italian has entered his thirties. Despite this though, he would still represent a significant improvement in quality to what they already have and should an instant impact be made, then it will certainly be good business.

 

Make or break for Newcastle

Although it would not be disastrous if the club were relegated there would certainly be a degree of frustration from fans.

It would be likely that they will bounce back immediately, especially given their vast amount of resources, however, if they get their transfer policy right in January, the club will be able to push on next season and attract better quality players in the summer.

This also may determine the length of any new arrivals’ contracts in this window – potentially short-term loans with a view to buy being a likely scenario.