With the shocking news that Joe Kinnear is the new director of football at Newcastle United as confirmed by the club last week the summer transfer window could be ever more interesting for Geordie fans.

The 66-year-old former Toon manager has been quick to point out that he will be in charge of player recruitment at St James’ Park (later retreating by saying he’d be working in conjunction with Alan Pardew in an interview with talkSPORT), meaning new transfer targets could be on the horizon for the Magpies.

In the next few slides, we take a look at some of the transfer targets that have been linked with a switch to Tyneside and rate the likelihood of their completion.  It could transpire that the targets discussed do not meet the Joe Kinnear seal of approval, but we’re going to take a guess anyway.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

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The thought of Kinnear attempting to pronounce Aubameyang's name makes Toon fans shudder. It's probably a blessing in disguise as the likelihood of the St. Etienne striker joining Newcastle are slim. His form over the last couple of seasons has attracted the attention of some of Europe's top sides and the Magpies will surely be priced out of a move for the Gabon international, especially with Monaco and Spurs also chasing the forward according to the Daily Mirror.

Even the strong French contingent at Newcastle would not tempt Aubameyang to join, especially given the poor league campaign that the Geordies endured last season.

VERDICT: Time to stop mentioning Aubameyang, other targets are much more realistic.

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  1. Northwest mag dan

    PEA is the only one which would excite me from this article. I do rate Bent but would rather the club stuck to their initial idea of signing players in their early to mid 20's who still have the hunger to achieve big things.
    I only saw the highlights from the Uruguay game last night but if I was in charge at SJP I would have been up at 6am this morning to enquire about Abel Hernandez. What a prospect he looks. And I know what you're thinking.. He was only playing against Tahiti… but if he can score goals like that against the Tahiti defence just imagine what he would do against the likes of Wes Brown and John o Shea 🙂


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