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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Saint-Etienne)


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Not sure if it's a blacklisted source.

The Mirror

Aston Villa are already looking at replacements for Darren Bent – and are ready to chase Saint-Etienne striker Pierre Aubameyang, writes The Sunday People.

Boss Paul Lambert has frozen Bent out of the first-team picture at Villa Park and looks certain to flog him in January, with Fulham interested.

Aubameyang is believed to be one of the strikers Lambert has earmarked as Bent’s replacement.

The 23-year-old began his career with Milan but moved to France last year.

He has been in good form for Saint-Etienne in Ligue 1 this term and Villa scouts believe he would adapt quickly to the style of play in England.

Aubameyang, who once said he would love to play in the Premier League, represented Gabon in the London Olympics, scoring once in three appearances.

10 Goals and 7 assists from 16 games in all competitions this season according to transfermarkt.co.uk. I think we were linked with him at the start of the season as well though.

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Not sure on how much there is to this rumour. But we were linked with this guy in the summer. The other player we were linked with was Wilfried Bony - he was the one who claimed we had a deal in place but Vitesse cancelled late on.

Aubameyang is now 3rd top scorer in Ligue 1, Bony is top scorer in Eredivisie with 10. Maybe we should have got in there quicker!

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Sky Sports

French club St Etienne insist top scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is not for sale - amid reported interest from Premier League side Aston Villa.

Gabon international Aubameyang has netted eight times in 12 matches to help St Etienne climb to fourth place in Ligue 1.

Villa boss Paul Lambert is said to be tracking the 23-year-old striker, who also impressed for his nation during the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The Birmingham club have struggled in front of goal this season, scoring just 10 times in their opening 11 games.

But St Etienne are adamant Aubameyang is not the man to ease Lambert's attacking concerns, with chairman Bernard Caizzo desperate to retain the services of the tall and pacey frontman.

"For now he is with us," Caizzo told Infosport. "He will stay for at least another couple of years and then we'll see."

Standard stuff.

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Newcastle aim to beat Aston Villa in the race to sign striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang,writes the Sunday People.

Sunday People Sport revealed ­earlier this month that Villa chief Paul Lambert was tracking the highly-rated St Etienne forward as a possible ­replacement for the out-of-favour Darren Bent.

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But Toon boss Alan Pardew is ­desperately keen to strengthen his depleted squad in the January ­transfer window, and he has the 23-year-old front man in his sights too.

Pardew realises he could lose Senegal striker Demba Ba in January, so has been using the club’s strong French scouting network to come up with new options.

And Gabon international Aubameyang is the player now being identified as the latest African import who can make an impact at St James’ Park.

Versatile attacker Aubameyang can operate as a winger as well as striker and St Etienne will want in the region of £10million for a player who has become their prize asset.

The fee will come as a shock to AC Milan as the Italian outfit sold him to St Etienne exactly 12 months ago for a mere £1.5m after previously farming him out on loan to Dijon, Lille and Monaco.

Villa won’t give up on him either, as they still expect Bent to leave when the transfer ­window opens for ­business. Fulham boss Martin Jol, who signed Bent for £16.5m from Charlton in 2007 during his time at Tottenham, is also lining up a move.

England striker Bent, 28, has been stripped of the captaincy under Lambert at Villa Park and was not even in the squad for last night’s match with Arsenal.

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