Saturday, May 26, 2018

Aubameyang to decide future in summer; QPR rejected offer for Samba

AS Saint-Etienne forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will decide his future in the summer.

AS Saint-Etienne forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang wants to finish the season strong at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard before deciding what the future holds for him, Sky Sports understands.

Aubameyang, 23, has been linked with a number of English Premier League clubs in recent months, including the likes of Chelsea, Newcastle United, Manchester City and Manchester United.

Serie A side Fiorentina, who will be looking for a new striker in the summer, have also been linked with the 23-year-old.

The Gabon international has been on cracking form of late, having scored in six consecutive Ligue 1 matches for ASSE.

The 23-year-old, who represented Gabon at the 2012 London Olympics,  has bagged 15 goals and seven assists in 25 league appearances for St Etienne this season, including seven goals and three assists in his last six league fixtures.

“I am happy with my form again. Scoring is important for a striker and I am on a good run at the moment,” said Aubameyang.

“I would love to finish the season strongly for my team and put us in a strong position to fight for a Champions League place.

“If we qualify for that competition it would be difficult for me to leave the club. But my future will be decided at the end of the season.”

QPR rejected offer for Samba

Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp has revealed chairman Tony Fernandes rejected an offer for club-record signing Christopher Samba from an unnamed Russian  Premier League club on transfer deadline day last week, Sky Sports reports.

Samba, 28, joined Queens Park Rangers from Russian moneybags Anzhi Makhachkala on a four-year deal in January.

According to Redknapp, the offer was in excess of the club-record fee the Super Hoops paid for the retired Congo international just over one month ago.

The 28-year-old was a regular in the Anzhi first-team at the time of the deal, and has started four league matches since arriving at Loftus Road on transfer deadline day.

“We had an offer for Samba, right on the deadline and the chairman turned it down,” said Redknapp.

“We had an offer of more money than what we paid for Samba. The chairman had a massive offer for him to go back to Russia.

“The chairman asked me ‘what do you think?’ and I said ‘it is up to you, it is your club, it is your decision’.

“I would have had no problem. I left it to the chairman. He came back and said he had turned it down and said ‘get on with it’.

Now then, can Harry Redknapp orchestrate a great escape, perhaps the greatest escape, and rescue QPR from relegation to the Championship?


Shawn Etemadi



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