Tony Cascarino doesn’t think former Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is the right January signing to help Newcastle stave off the threat of relegation.
The 32-year-old was stripped of the captaincy in December following his latest disciplinary breach at the north London club.
Aubameyang hasn’t featured for the Gunners since losing the armband and is being linked with a move away from the Emirates Stadium in the January transfer window.
There has been reported interest from the likes of Barcelona and Juventus, while Newcastle are also said to have made contact with Arsenal over a move for the striker.
The Daily Mirror claim that the Magpies are discussing an initial loan deal including a £20million option to buy in the summer.
But former Chelsea striker Cascarino feels bringing in Aubameyang would be an unwise move for Eddie Howe’s side, who currently occupy 19th place in the table.
‘He’s someone who is not in the Arsenal first-team, let’s get that right,’ Cascarino told talkSPORT.
‘Do you want a player who is going to show commitment, running, doing all the ugly stuff in the game that you’re going to need to survive? Does he do that very well? I’d say that’s the worst part of his game.
‘Is he a quality footballer that can turn a game in a moment? At his best, yes. But when has he last done that regularly? Not very often this season, even towards the end of last season.
‘I don’t see this deal being a good one for Newcastle at all.
‘I think it will be more of an air of is Aubameyang doing Newcastle a favour and I probably think, no, he’s not going to be doing them a favour.’
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