Bafe Gomis For £17M – No Thanks

The People is reporting today that both Newcastle United and Bolton have been quoted a price of £17M for young St Etienne striker Bafetimbi Gomis.


Bafe Gomis – price quoted is £17M – no thanks

Newcastle’s new scouting team believe he is a very good player, and would fit in well at Newcastle. Our initial offer was £9M, and while the club may go a few million higher, it will be nowhere near the £17M St. Etienne are asking for.

The youngster has been favorably compared to Didier Drogba, of Chelsea, and seems to fit into Newcastle’s new strategy, of trying to find players who will become big stars, but aren’t at the moment.

That’s a very similar strategy to what Arsenal have very successfully deployed over the last 10 years under Arsene Wenger.

Bolton manager Gary Megson has also been after Gomis for a while, as Bolton are looking for a replacement for Nicolas Anelka, but Bolton Wanderers hardly have the cash available that Newcastle do, and are not expected to pursue Gomis any further, because he is just too expensive for them.

Newcastle have been interested in Gomis for a few months now, and we reported back on March 17th, that we had officially bid £9M for the player.

We expect Newcastle to go a little higher with the amount, but nowhere near the £17M his club are asking.

Bafe is French and of Senegalese descent, and turns 23 in August. He stands just under 6’3″ tall and has recently been called up for the full French National side.

Here is Gomis’ playing record in France:

Years 		Club 		App  Goals

2003-2005  	St. Etienne     17   	2
2005  		Troyes AC     	13    	6
2005-present 	Saint-Étienne 	79     24

2001-2002 	France U-17 	 1 	0

Comments very welcome.

47 comments so far

  • Tom_Toon

    May 11, 2008 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #1

    He’s not even worth the 12/14 mil originally quoted.

    Hes 8 mil tops.

  • nomis_jade

    May 11, 2008 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #2

    Maybe they would pay that much but over a couple of years, like they were going to do with modric? Wudnt be quite so bad then? I think this guy is a really good prospect, but we really need a midfielder. We should hurry up and put a bid in for arshavin.

  • Ausgeordie

    May 11, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #3

    rather pay 11 for crouch

  • faustino

    May 11, 2008 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #4

    How bout give em Cacapa and Diatta too! No great loss there lol

  • Hadrian

    May 11, 2008 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #5

    arseanl havent done that over the last 10 years , he’s done it over the last 5 , worked the kids in the last 3 .
    before that he was forking out 10mill on strikers (henry) like the rest of us .
    infact the diff between arsenals tranfer spend and our since the prem started , is about what souness spent .

    wengers ‘history’ of bringing youth thru is a myth .

  • mikeygd

    May 11, 2008 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #6

    i had a dream we signed him the other day so we must be getting him, mark my words he will be a toon player!

  • faustino

    May 11, 2008 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #7

    24 in 79 aint great on reflection; my maths would put him on 12-13 goals a season in the Prem. That would be 1.3 million a goal.

  • Tom_Toon

    May 11, 2008 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #8

    Its stupid when you can go to eastern europe (here i go again) and get a better player like Kalinic or Mandkuzic. Both big striker for much less.

  • Darryl

    May 11, 2008 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #9

    so not too far different from owen then? Gomis would be on maybes 50k a week if hes lucky, also saving us about 2-3 million a year.

  • moe

    May 11, 2008 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #10

    he is fantastic

  • Spyro

    May 11, 2008 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #11

    he i worth up to 10million maximum. He is a good prospect but St Etienne are just trying to take the piss

  • Punk Skunk

    May 11, 2008 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #12

    I’m with TT on this one, let’s go to east europe for some players!..

  • Darryl

    May 11, 2008 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #13

    Wasn’t there something mentioned somewhere about 4 english players must be included in each squad on a match day next season?

  • Bill F

    May 11, 2008 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #14

    I said a couple of days ago you wouldn’t get much change out of 15m for him now. We should have gone for him when he was first mentioned him on this blog. I would go for his team mate Feindouno, he is the one who supplies the passes for Gomis and scores a few as well.

  • toonarmy08

    May 11, 2008 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #15

    Simply cannot pay 17mill 4 someone who is not really proven himself,although there are some good reports on this guy ,the premiership is a different ball game to lique1 .I think st ett have got way ahead of themselves with the reported fee.i would rather go 4 anelka,although he is 29 ,he will be alot cheaper and a proven premiership goal scorer!!

  • Benn..Geordie Down South

    May 11, 2008 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #16

    F**k It Letz Bid For Cristiano Ronaldo.. play him up front…?! ha

    kaay im dreaming now.. and bored.. and want 3 to roll on..

  • toonjon

    May 11, 2008 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #17

    is the game on sopcast today?

  • geordie nick

    May 11, 2008 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #18

    why dont u lot let kk and the recruitment team decide how much this player is worth, after all they all know A LOT MORE about footballers and how much they are worth, than any one on here, let the professionals do ther job instd of all talkin as if ur professional scouts

  • Hadji

    May 11, 2008 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #19

    12 mill is the maximum for him,or 8 mill+Rozehnal.Just heard on Croatian tv channel that Modric got beaten up from some fans.What is the reason?……I have no clue all i know is that he’s in the hospital now.

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 11, 2008 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #20

    good! hope rats teeth stays in there

  • Nick Dryden

    May 11, 2008 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #21

    Hadrian have to disagee. Wenger has bought an endless production line of ” world class” youth right through from Anelka and Viera to Fabregas and Adebayor. Just look at all the Arsenal youngsters out on loan.
    Souness and Shepherd ruined it for us throwing 50M at Owen, Boumsong and Luque, who virtually never played/ play, but have earned absolute fortunes.
    We can’t have it both ways. Everyone knows players have only been coming to NUFC for the money.
    I like the idea of bringing these talented youngsters in but we need good coaches like Wenger or Quiroz, not Terry Mac.

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 11, 2008 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #22

    ey i think this veloso deal is true, my mate is brazilian and i had an in length convo with him last night, and he said he was reading a portuguese news article and it said magpies representitives meeting sportings, to thrash out early deal for starlet

  • Ausgeordie

    May 11, 2008 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #23

    Anyone know a good site for live updates??

  • Fernando

    May 11, 2008 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #24

    anyone got a good video of veloso.. i can’t find any.

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 11, 2008 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #25

    there is loads on youtube

  • Fernando

    May 11, 2008 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #26

    nothing good.. except for a free kick and a penalty

  • Ross G

    May 11, 2008 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #27

    Im more interested in his scouting of Amara Diane the boy is quality, i saw him play against Lens and he scored a great goal and was a constant threat he keeps running and his pace and power with the ball is superb. have a look at him on it gives u a fair view on his ability

  • toonjon

    May 11, 2008 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #28

    is the game on sopcast or is there any commentry

  • OzZyMagpiE

    May 11, 2008 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #29

    heard therez a delayed telecast on fox sports tvu… aint got da link yet tho…. ne1 w ne thing else?

  • Leo

    May 11, 2008 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #30

    core blimy 17mil lol

  • faustino

    May 11, 2008 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #31

    Is that your take on Wise’s reaction to the pricetag Leo? ;0

  • tapir

    May 11, 2008 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #32

    then we will be left with 3M more transfer kitty????
    no need this guy
    spent wisely KK


    May 11, 2008 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #33

    why not! do it and be champions!

  • Hamas (51times)

    May 11, 2008 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #34

    Good, but not £17m good…

  • obamagic

    May 11, 2008 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #35

    If we are not going to spend big… GET Antoine Sibierski back!

  • scottish mag

    May 11, 2008 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #36

    liverpool are going to offer players for milner according to:

    and chelsea are going to sell malouda nd SWP, def think we should make a move for SWP.


    May 11, 2008 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #37

    Hes an excellent player but not enogh experience for £17m but with Ashley’s money we shud be looking at big players and landing a couple £20m odd players! We should look at other young talent like Nasri and also the younger toon players like Tozer who is superb! Birmingham are relegated and we should raid them for McFAdden, Larssen and Zarate!!!

  • gallowgate31

    May 11, 2008 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #38

    Anyone else on here feel let down by MA… the guy should have been great for the club, but after the latest goings on and the seemingly poor transfer list I am really starting to wonder about him. We need some proof of his intent with a big name signing and then we can get excited about the young lads coming to the club, he seems to have forgotten that the season tickets have not yet been renewed..

    Diane plays alot like Oba IMO..


    May 11, 2008 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #39

    I agree gallowgate becoz MA is loaded and so far he hasnt proven himself yet. Him and Mort have to give an unbelievable amount of money to KK so he can buy some world class players. With the cash of MA we could buy two £20+mil players – 1 of which a highly rated world class target man, a replacement for Dukes, we could have 3 hot prospects like zidan and nasri then 3 premiership- experianced players in their 20s like Dunne who could add some more strenghth to the team!

  • Tom_Toon

    May 11, 2008 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #40

    Zidan a hot prospect? Hes isnt even that good and hes almost 27 i think.


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