Bafe Gomis – price quoted is Â£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 Â£9M, and while the club may go a few million higher, it will be nowhere near the Â£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 Â£9M for the player.
We expect Newcastle to go a little higher with the amount, but nowhere near the Â£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-Ã‰tienne 79 24 2001-2002 France U-17 1 0
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