Having seemingly missed out on Loic Remy to fellow Premier League club QPR, Newcastle United are set to alter their raid on French football by signing Ligue 1 duo Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.
There is no doubting that losing out to bottom-of-the-table Queens Park Rangers in the purchase of Remy is a blow, but Newcastle need to move on and make additions to their squad over the next fortnight.
Unsurprisingly the French market continues to be their shopping region of choice and two names that have been previously linked with the Magpies have come up again today.
John Ferreira, a journalist for French news publication Bein Sport, has stated that Aubameyang and Yanga-Mbiwa are now at the top of Newcastle’s January shopping list.
Newcastle’s scouts were in the stands for the Ligue 1 match between St Etienne and Toulouse to watch Aubameyang, who currently plays for the former.
He would be a direct alternative to Remy and his eight goals in Ligue 1 this season put him seven ahead of Loic, although the Gabon striker’s price has been set slightly higher at £12 million.
Newcastle have also been long-term admirers of Yanga-Mbiwa who would provide some much-needed cover at the back, especially if talks with captain Fabricio Coloccini don’t go well tomorrow.
Yanga-Mbiwa is set to be a prominent member of the French national squad for many years to come and the 23-year-old, the same age as Aubameyang, would fit in well with Newcastle’s ever-increasing Gallic contingent.