According to the striker himself, Newcastle tried to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang when he was playing for St Etienne in Ligue 1.
With a hugely impressive 20 goals in 20 league games this season, Newcastle United fans will be gutted to learn that Aubameyang chose Jurgen Klopp’s Borussia Dortmund over what was then Alan Pardew’s Newcastle in 2013.
Since his switch to the Bundesliga, the Gabon international has turned into one of the best strikers in Europe, filling the attacking void left by Robert Lewandowski when the Pole departed for rivals Bayern Munich in 2014.
At 26, Aubemeyang has attracted the attention of some of the biggest clubs in the world. However, he could have been making a similar impact at Newcastle if he opted to join the Premier League side three years ago.
Speaking to L’Equipe, the striker revealed Newcastle’s previous interest:
“Saint-Etienne wanted to send me to Newcastle.
"We opted for Dortmund, finalist in the Champions League, because my father studied Klopp's game, even though the pay was lower."
It looks as if the decision to resist the big-money offer from the Premier League has certainly paid off for the striker, as he is now being linked by SkySports with a summer move to Real Madrid.