Noel Whelan has insisted Newcastle could close a deal for Arsenal-excluded Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this month.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football initiate, said a decision for the 32-year-old is possible because the two teams are not in “direct competition”.
According to Mirror (January 1), Newcastle have contacted the Gunners over a loan deal for the striker – with a view to making the deal permanent for Â£ 20million.
Whelan has suggested the Magpies are one of the few teams able to match the 32-year-old’s high salary – with Air sports claiming he earns Â£ 350,000 a week.
“I can see that happening – only because of the situation at Arsenal right now”, he said Football initiateIt’s Ewan Kingsbury.
âThey apparently don’t miss him too much at all, with the way Martinelli, Saka and Odegaard all stepped up. They are really well placed.
âThere is a real possibility that this deal will happen, only because Newcastle are sitting in the back. It won’t be about selling to a rival like Chelsea, Man United – the two teams are not in direct competition.
âPlus, Newcastle could probably afford to pay his salary. I’m not sure there will be too many other parts ready to do this in this window.
âIf he doesn’t play for Arsenal again, maybe Newcastle could give him that path. There could be a prospect of signing permanently if he can keep them in the Premier League.
Newcastle remain 19th in the Premier League.
Aubameyang has scored 68 Premier League goals in 128 top-level games.
In other news, medical reserved as Newcastle move closer to a Â£ 18million deal.