Keegan Pursues French Striker

The Daily Mirror today is reporting that Kevin Keegan is ready to swoop for St Etienne striker Bafetimbi Gomis.


Bafetimbi Gomis – 6’0″ Senegalese striker wanted by Newcastle?

Gomis is French of Senegalese descent and a striker who stands just over 6’0” tall and has played 55 times for St Etienne and scored 12 goals.

The transfer fee quoted is £12M, but we have no verification of that. That seems awfully high for a player who has only represented France at the Under-17 level just once, which is the limit of his International experience.

The report says that Kevin will fly to France this weekend to look at Gomis on Sunday. St Etienne have already turned down a £7M offer from Bolton.

Here is Gomis’ playing record in France:

Years 		Club 		App  Goals

2003-2005  	Saint-Étienne   17   	2
2005  		Troyes AC     	13    	6
2005-present 	Saint-Étienne 	55     12

2001-2002 	France U-17 	1 	0

£12M for this player seems way over the top, so we trust that will not be the price. It’s hard to say whether this would be a good buy or not. Certainly he’s young enough but his goal scoring record in France isn’t that great.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

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40 comments so far

  • George

    Feb 29, 2008 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #1

    Find it hard to place any faith in this story Ed. I think you sum it up well when you say it is a lot of money for a poor scoring record and for someone who is not attracting the attention of bigger names.
    I think this is a space saver for the paper only.


    Feb 29, 2008 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #2

    how old is he? alot of people speak highly of him, i hope he isnt a lame duck, but 12mil would get an awefully better player

  • cooldj

    Feb 29, 2008 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #3

    yeah-what age??wait i;ll wiki him…

  • cooldj

    Feb 29, 2008 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #4

    22 – btw ed he’s 6ft 1/2 inches…

  • Paul R

    Feb 29, 2008 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #5

    please oh lord not another albert luque !!

  • scott 9

    Feb 29, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #6

    ive heard of him before aparentl;y hes likened to didier drogba weather that true i dont no

  • steve

    Feb 29, 2008 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #7

    12 goals in 55 games in a weak league is a very poor return – 12 million is a waste of money – this story has gotta be false

  • Ian

    Feb 29, 2008 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #8

    Dont believe it, this would be taking buying new talent too far, Cisse is only £4 to £6m.
    We need one seasoned pro who is on form now, we are already gambling with two recovering/recovered from injury strikers, Viduka and Owen, two youngsters Carroll and Fabio, we do not have one reliable strike partnership, if Martins and Owen went out with injuries which is possible where would we be left?

  • ronaldeano

    Feb 29, 2008 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #9

    He sounds shite, we need top drawer quality, not a bloke who has scored 12 goals in 55 games. I think that this is all paper twaddle bullshit to once again, wind us all up. I cant stand the fookin papers, especialy the sun, bastards. Im sure there is absolutely no truth in this crap, i hope im right

  • ronaldeano

    Feb 29, 2008 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #10

    St Ettienne are holding out for a £3 million bid from Rangers????? The mirror recons KK is bidding £12 million?? WHAT A LOAD OF SHITE!!!!!

  • broon ale

    Feb 29, 2008 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #11

    ha ha ha ha … the mirror printed that story for their own small minded agenda! its a waste of our time reading this garbage.. for those people who pay for the mirror, the sun or the news of the world you are technically paying to be ridiculed! save yourself the bother and join a circus!

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 29, 2008 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #12

    Gomis is a very good player, the new Drogba if anyone is.

  • milner fan

    Feb 29, 2008 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #13

    trouble is, if we get this striker and the defender on the other article then we will lose them to african cup of nations each time.

  • nufctj

    Feb 29, 2008 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #14

    Gomis is a French Int’l, Milner Fan

  • Peter Hughes

    Feb 29, 2008 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #15

    We need a new age manager for this new age of football. I know this is not the point being portrayed here but KK’s appointment was just papering up the cracks with black and white stripped wallpaper. We all love him and want him to do well, but he will fail and quit like he

  • Gloryhunter

    Feb 29, 2008 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #16

    Howhare man. We’ve already got one stupid haircut in the team – Smith!

  • Gloryhunter

    Feb 29, 2008 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #17

    New age manager? Like a modern day Donovan? Yeh. I can see it all now. Training inside Stonehenge. When the sun is in it’s seventh high – we will get three points.

  • Peter Hughes

    Feb 29, 2008 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #18

    on this subject thought i’m telling you, this guy is a great player. If anyone else has seant and watches the french games will see that he is class. People may state that its only the french league but Beazami (wrong spelling probably) at lyon plays in the same league and fergie is desperate to get him. He would be a perfect foil for owen or martins….i would love to se him at newcastle….but we need a new defence…taylor out.

  • GP

    Feb 29, 2008 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #19

    Peter Hughes – *yawn*

  • Peter Hughes

    Feb 29, 2008 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #20

    No glory hunter, thats not what i meant. I meant modern. with modern thinking, a man in touch with the game and the modern way of playing that will bring new thinking to the club…like ramos at spurs…..Our aging gray haired cheer leader isn’t gonna do the business and we all deep down know it, but choose not to believe it.

  • Gloryhunter

    Feb 29, 2008 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #21


  • Peter Hughes

    Feb 29, 2008 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #22

    *yawn* ..i’m not tired though from reading your posts. Tired from keeping your missus happy last nite 😉

    We needed a change from FFS and BFSA, mike ashley was the perfect replacement but KK was not. End of.

  • Gloryhunter

    Feb 29, 2008 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #23

    We have to play with the cards we’ve been dealt.

    PS: You couldn’t keep wor lass happy with flowers, chocolates and laughing gas.

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 29, 2008 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #24


    Obafemi Gomis
    Bafetimbi Martins

  • Gloryhunter

    Feb 29, 2008 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #25

    OK. OK. Give us a pint of that then.

  • Peter Hughes

    Feb 29, 2008 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #26

    Well that is true mate. We have to stick by the decisions that are made outta our hands. Even thought we mayy feel the are wrong. 3 points tomoro vs a very ordinary blackburn team.

    PS: I would be happy if someone give the missus cyanide gas 😀

  • Gloryhunter

    Feb 29, 2008 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #27

    I’ve got to get back to work now. But wtf are we always ready to ‘swoop’. Ah kna wa magpies and that, but ‘swoop’ sounds like some kind of social disease. “Sorry pet. It’s the forst time it’s happened. Ah think ah’ve got the swoop”

  • magpie malaysia

    Feb 29, 2008 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #28

    hope keegan can bring in top class player…PLS SELL AWAY JOEY BARTON

  • jj

    Feb 29, 2008 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #29

    Bafetimbi Gomis born 8 June 1985
    During his time with St-Étienne Gomis’ power and pace have evoked strong comparisons to African strikers Emmanuel Adebayor and Didier Drogba. Arsène Wenger also is said to be an admirer of the target man.

    Summer Transfer
    In February 2008 the French football magazine L’Equipe stated that Paul Le Guen had been keeping tabs on the powerful striker during his time with Rangers, and as a result the current Rangers manager Walter Smith has also openly admitted his desire to sign Gomis in the summer. St-Étienne are holding out for a price of £3.3 million, negotiations are set to begin in the summer window.

    On Februrary 29, 2008 The Daily Mirror reported Newcastle United manager Kevin Keegan was planning a £12 Million bid for Gomis

  • jj

    Feb 29, 2008 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #30

    this one is in same side as gomis
    Lamine Diatta

    He has been linked with Wigan Athletic and Birmingham City of the Premier League. However, on 29th February 2008 it was reported that Diatta was set to join up with Kevin Keegan at Newcastle United by signing a one-year deal.

  • Hadji

    Feb 29, 2008 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #31

    He sounds promising and Tom Toon took the word out of my mouth…He could be the new Drogba cause he exploded exactly at the same age like this guy Gomis.
    I’m really impressed that KK is looking for players outside England.He should look for Jeremy Menes aswell but i doubt we could get him unless we offer some crazy amount of money.

  • ronaldeano

    Feb 29, 2008 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #32

    What about Saviola?

  • HeronMag

    Feb 29, 2008 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #33

    Don’t think another striker is what we need. Think we’d all agree that an attacking central midfielder is essential right now. But, as always, we need a world class centre back. I just wish that Woodgate had signed for us. Sicknote or not, he was the best I ever saw in that position.

  • Hadji

    Feb 29, 2008 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #34

    Ronaldeano…No doubt about Saviola but don’t you think that we have enough short players in our squad especially our first choice strikers Martins and Owen.

  • ronaldeano

    Feb 29, 2008 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #35

    Your right there like Hadji, i never thaught about it like that, quality player though

  • Hadji

    Feb 29, 2008 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #36

    I must say that Renato Augusto would be perfect for Dyer if you ask me except this guy isn’t injury prone like him.

  • ronaldeano

    Feb 29, 2008 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #37

    Who does he play for Hadji, so i can look him up?

  • Hadji

    Feb 29, 2008 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #38

    For Flamengo

  • obamagic

    Feb 29, 2008 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #39

    i tink his only worth 4 million

  • J A Wills

    Mar 1, 2008 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #40

    I rate Bafetimbi Gomis very highly! Also, St. Etienne has two other players we should look at Moustapha Bayal Sall (central defender) and Blaise Matuidi (defensive midfield)


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