Newcastle United target Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to join Borussia Dortmund but Toon don’t want Darren Bent

NOT WANTED BY TOON: Aston Villa's out-in-the-cold striker Darren Bent (right)
NOT WANTED BY TOON: Aston Villa's out-in-the-cold striker Darren Bent (right)

NEWCASTLE United will have to look elsewhere for a striker this summer - with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang set to join Borussia Dortmund.

NEWCASTLE United will have to look elsewhere for a striker this summer - with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang set to join Borussia Dortmund.

The 24-year-old is expected to complete a move to last season’s Champions League finalists over the next 24 hours.

Aubameyang had been Newcastle’s number one striking target, and last week he gave United encouragement when he talked about the club’s “passionate” fans in an interview in which he signalled his intention to play in the Premier League.

However, United are unwilling to meet the £12.85million valuation Saint Etienne have placed on the Gabon international.

And Dortmund expect a successful conclusion to their talks with Saint-Etienne, with the player himself understood to have travelled to Germany for a medical.

Newcastle have other targets and Aston Villa’s Darren Bent is a player that interests manager Alan Pardew.

But the club is unwilling to pay anything more than a nominal fee for the 29-year-old, who would have to take a cut in wages to secure a move to St James’s Park.

Bent has reportedly been told he will play no part in Villa’s pre-season and the club are desperate to offload the former Sunderland player.

Other potential target is Olympic Marseille’s 27-year-old forward Andre-Pierre Gignac.

However, the Stade Velodrome’s valuation of Gignac, reportedly £12million, is considered steep.

The player himself is keeping his options open and it remains to be seen whether United harden their interest in him.