St Etienne boss Christophe Galtier is set to lose Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: The Gabon striker looks set for exit door

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St Etienne head coach Christophe Galtier admits he is prepared to lose star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this summer.

Aubameyang is under contract until 2016 for the Ligue 1 side and, despite an agreement with the player's dad and agent Pierre Aubame, the 16-goal forward looks to be on his way out of the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard stadium.

The Gabon international has reportedly been watched by a number of Premier League scouts in recent months with Chelsea, Manchester City, Newcastle and Tottenham all thought to be interested in him.

Galtier said: "We had a moral agreement with Aubameyang, his father and advisers, but there won't be any surprise. We all know what will happen.

"We gave him our thumbs up for him to leave, but also to stay with us next season if there is a Champions League adventure."

St Etienne are currently sitting in fourth spot, two points behind third-placed Marseille and four behind Lyon in second with nine games remaining.