Surprising news today that Newcastle target, Bafetimbi Gomis, has signed a new four-year deal with his French club St Etienne.
Bafe Gomis – signed new 4 year deal at St. Etienne
Newcastle have already made several scouting visits to watch the outstanding 22-year-old French International, since January.
But it seems strange that Bafe would sign a new contract with his current club, just before the Euro2008 Championships begin this coming Saturday.
Gomis told his club’s website today:
“I am very happy to stay in my formative club.”
“My priority was always to stay at St Etienne and I am glad my situation was solved ahead of Euro 2008.”
“I thus hope to get a place in the Champions League with Les Verts.”
It seems strange to us that Gomis wouldn’t want to move to a better class of football than he currently has at St. Etienne. He could also get a much higher wage at a top European club.
St. Etienne is the only club he’s ever been at, having joined them in 2003, but he was on loan at Troyes for short stint, and appeared for them 13 times and scored 6 goals.
Bafe has played 105 times for St. Etienne and scored 30 goals.
Gomis scored 16 goals last season as St Etienne finished fifth in the French League, and on his debut last week for the full French side, he scored both goals in France’s 2-0 win against Ecuador.
His first goal was a terrific shot from fully 30 yards, that hit the net like a bullet.
Whether he would be willing to consider any offers for him after Euro 2008 remains to be seen.
But if he does move one to another club, he wouldn’t be the first player to move after just signing a new contract.