Saint Etienne striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has revealed that he would prefer a move to the Premier League and indicated that he would be happy to join Newcastle United.
The Gabon international has been heavily linked with a move to St. James Park for some time after another impressive season in Ligue 1 where he scored 19 league goals to help the club secure a fifth place finish.
Earlier this week there were reports that St. Etienne had rejected an offer of €18m from Newcastle, but had accepted a bid of €20m from big spending Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala.
Anzhi would like to pair the striker with Samuel Eto\'o but it seems Aubameyang has his heart set on playing the Premier League.
\"I will choose England before any other destination,\" the 24 year old told Sky Sports. \"My dream has always been to play in one of the top two leagues in the world.\"
Despite Newcastle\'s troubles last season, as they battled against relegation for much of the season, Aubameyang hinted that he would consider a move to the North East.
\"Newcastle is a good club and St James\' Park is a monumental stadium where there is passionate fans,\" he added.
Aubemeyang has already scored at St. James\' Park on international duty when he was representing Gabon at the Olympics and the goal against Switzerland is clearly a fond memory.
Despite St. Etienne enjoying an impressive season it seems the striker will leave this summer and he could well become Newcastle\'s first signing under the new regime of Joe Kinnear.
The 66 year old has been appointed as the new director of football and made it clear that one of his major roles would be having the final say on who is signed by the club.
Kinnear has already stopped FC Twente striker Douglas from joining club but did indicate that he felt Newcastle\'s priority should be signing a striker.