Aston Villa, Liverpool and Other Suitors Will Have to Wait on Aubameyang

Christopher AlmerasCorrespondent IINovember 13, 2012

Aubameyang is rising to the top of several shopping lists.
Aubameyang is rising to the top of several shopping lists.Michael Steele/Getty Images

Saint-Etienne's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is quickly becoming the subject of transfer interest from several teams. The star striker has been in good form this season, tallying eight goals in 12 league games. Along with his performances for his country of Gabon, his play for Saint-Etienne has seen his stock rise dramatically over the last year.

It was in January of this year that Saint-Etienne made Aubameyang's loan from AC Milan permanent. The move cost Les Verts a reported 1.5 million Euros. The French club stands to make a great deal more for the sale of the 23-year-old.

Money is apparently not a concern at Saint-Etienne as Chairman Bernard Caizzo has been quoted on the intentions of the club to hold onto their star a little longer with clubs like Aston Villa interested in his services. Sky Sports reported the following: "For now he is with us," Caizzo told Infosport. "He will stay for at least another couple of years and then we'll see."

This would appear to be bad news for Villa who desperately needs to inject some life into their attack and other Premier League teams looking for the same. claims Liverpool and Southhampton are also interested in the striker, but it might be easier to ask who does not have interest in him.

Aubameyang has tremendous speed and athleticism. His build and style of play conjure up comparisons to Thierry Henry at a similar age. Aubameyang may never come close to reaching the bar set by Henry, but he does have more then enough talent to be a difference maker in the Premier League.

Saint-Etienne want to keep him longer to continue their rise back toward the summit of Ligue 1. If Aubameyang continues his stellar play, the offers may be to good to refuse.