Newcastle contact Arsenal over Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang loan to buy deal

Newcastle United have made a 'loan-to-buy' approach to Arsenal over their estranged former captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The Toon Army are looking to swoop in for the Gabonese striker this month, with the option of making the deal permanent in the summer for £20million.

This is according to the Daily Mirror, who report Aubameyang could become Newcastle's first marquee signing under their new ownership.

Aubameyang hasn't returned to the Arsenal first team since he was dropped for a disciplinary reason last month.

Mikel Arteta stripped the 32-year-old of his captaincy, and a return to the set-up is looking increasingly unlikely for the star.

Speaking about transfers last month, Howe said: "Wait and see, I can’t give you promises on that at the moment.

“As I’ve said before, there’s people above me who are working and looking at that. My focus is the team. A lot of games coming up and that is where it has to be.

“But we’ll wait and see. January, as I said many many times, is notoriously difficult to predict and to have a clear plan at this moment is still virtually impossible because there’s twists and turns to come.

“The group of players we have here is my and has been my main focus, will continue to be my main focus because as you say, getting the best out of every single one of those players is the key to us staying up.”

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Newcastle are currently hovering precariously above the bottom of the table.

Eddie Howe's side sit on 11 points, one point better off than 20th placed Norwich City.

However, the Magpies were able to earn a hard-fought draw in the week against Manchester United.

The point leaves Newcastle two points from safety.

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