Newcastle looking at strikers

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang plies his trade in France with St Etienne. Credit: PA

St Etienne's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been close to the top of Newcastle's list for some time, although they are not alone in that respect and big-spending Anzhi Makhachkala's interest is a complication.

Vitesse Arnhem's Wilfried Bony has also been on the Magpies' radar, although competition seems certain to drive his price-tag up, while they have also been linked with Marseille's Andre-Pierre Gignac.

Newcastle are also maintaining an interest in Aston Villa's former Sunderland frontman Darren Bent.

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