Newcastle offer for Aubameyang rejected

It has been revealed via French club St Etienne today that Newcastle United have had an offer rejected for stiker Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang.

The tweny three year old has been in sensational form in Ligue 1 this season, and since his move from AC Milan in 2011, he has a ratio of one goal in every two games in France.

Since the loss of Demba Ba to Chelsea at the start of January, the Magpies have been pursuing a number of targets to fill the gap left by the Senegalese International, with initial efforts to sign Loic Remy falling on deaf ears as he moved to fellow Premier League side Queens Park Rangers.

Aubameyang would be a fantastic aquisition for a side who need firepower to pull them clear of the relegation zone as they currently sit 17th in Englands top flight.

After already signing a striker last week in the form of Yoann Gouffran from Bordeaux, it hasn't been revealed whether Newcastle will increase on their initial offer which was believed to be around £9.5 million for the Gabon International, though the player has confirmed he is happy to spend the rest of the season in Ligue 1.

A statement on the Ligue 1's official website revealed:

“After rumours about a possible departure of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Newcastle published today in several media, AS Saint-Etienne wishes to clarify that the player, his agent and club officials have declined by mutual agreement all proposals that have been submitted so far.

“Recognising the importance of the challenges facing the ASSE until the end of the season, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has always shown a desire to complete the sports project at the expense of financial aspects. The ASSE can only praise the state of mind of their player.”