A deal for Aubameyang to Germany looks as good as done.
Coveted Saint Etienne striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has all but completed a €15m move to Borussia Dortmund despite being pursued by Tottenham and Newcastle United, reports La Gazzetta dello Sport.
Both Spurs and Newcastle had been keeping tabs on the 24-year-old after impressive back-to-back seasons in Ligue 1.
Aubameyang netted 19 times in 37 league matches for St Etienne in 2012/13 and also provided nine assists – with 16 goals and seven assists the previous year.
This impressive form helped the Gabon international’s club to the lofty heights of fifth in the table last campaign and as a result the forward has been attracting plenty of interest.
The Magpies had been preparing an £11m bid for Aubameyang despite St Etienne valuing their prized asset at nearer £15m, but it seems Dortmund have trumped Newcastle’s efforts with a superior bid of €15m (around £13m).
Tottenham meanwhile have prioritised forwards as a must-buy this summer with Emmanuel Adebayor and Jermain Defoe the only first team strikers currently on the books at White Hart Lane.
Aubameyang therefore seemed like the ideal acquisition but the north London club also look set to be beaten to the chase by the Champions League finalists.
Dortmund are preparing themselves for life without star hit-man Robert Lewandowski; with the Pole being constantly linked with a move away from the Westfalenstadion and Bayern Munich and Manchester United looking like the most likely destinations.
Manager Juergen Klopp has turned to Aubameyang as a result, believing he is the ideal man to lead Dortmund’s line next season as they look to claim the Bundesliga title back from rivals Bayern.