Bournemouth challenge Newcastle for Austin as Arsenal suffer blow in bid for ex-Toon target

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Arsenal have been tipped to launch a Premier League title challenge following their impressive end to last season – and are in the market for a new striker.

But their hopes of signing former Newcastle United target Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have been dashed.

Aubameyang is not for sale at Borussia Dortmund, according to the Daily Mirror, but the Daily Star reports the Gunners have instead switched their attention to Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko.

Also on the striker front, Bournemouth have entered the race to sign Charlie Austin, reports the Star.

Newcastle remain favourites to sign the QPR frontman but it appears West Ham United and Bournemouth are set to compete with them for the player.

And staying on the Newcastle front, the Daily Mail reports that after completing the signing of Anderlecht striker Aleksandar Mitrovic for £13.5million, the Magpiesare expected to land his team-mate Chancel Mbemba for £7.5million.

In today’s headlines, with Chelsea, Manchester United and Aston Villa among the other clubs to feature. Here is a pick of them:

Arsenal are lining up a move for Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko. (Daily Star)

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is ready to bring a quick end to Juan Cuadrado’s career at Stamford Bridge, but will not accept anything less than the £26.1million the Blues paid for him in January. (London Evening Standard)

Man United want £52million for Angel Di Maria, who would like to join Paris Saint-Germain. (L’Equipe)

Barcelona forward Pedro is a potential replacement for Di Maria at Old Trafford. (Daily Mirror)

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has ruled out signing Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba. (Daily Telegraph)

Reported Liverpool, Man United and Juventus target Mario Gotze is still wanted by Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola. (Daily Express)

Tottenham Hotspur winger Aaron Lennon is a target for Turkish side Fenerbahce. (The Sun)

Stoke City have reignited their interest in Dynamo Kiev winger Andriy Yarmolenko, and could break their transfer record to land the £15million-rated player. (Stoke Sentinel)

Aston Villa have opened talks with Tottenham about signing striker Emmanuel Adebayor. (Daily Mail)

Meanwhile, it is relatively quiet on the transfer front at Sunderland.