Newcastle Lodge £10M Bid For Bafetimbi Gomis

Newcastle United seem to be stepping up their bid for some of their top targets, and the Evening Chronicle today is reporting that Newcastle have bid £10M for for St Etienne’s 22-year-old 6ft striker Gomis.


Bafe Gomis – £10M bid for the explosive French striker

But Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is now showing a keen interest in Gomis.

Wenger is concerned that their current striker Emmanuel Adebayor may join Mathieu Flamini, and join AC Milan in Italy.

Gomis of course has only recently signed an extension to his contract with the St Etienne club, but he is still expected to move on following the completion of Euro 2008.

Director of Football Dennis Wise, Vice-President Tony Jimenez and Technical Coordinator Jeff Vetere have twice traveled to France to run the rule over the Frenchman, but the player has already mentioned that he would prefer a move to Italy.

Manager Kevin Keegan and Terry McDermott have also checked out the striker.

Gomis scored two goals in his International debut recently against Ecuador, and could well star for the French side during the summer.

France begin their Euro 2008 tournament today against Romania in Zurich, and Gomis is expected to start up front for the French.

We’ll be watching that game, but if Gomis plays well during the tournament, that will probably mean he will be less likely to arrive at Newcastle.

Comments welcome.

55 comments so far

  • Midjew

    Jun 9, 2008 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #1

    “We’ll be watching that game, but if Gomis plays well during the tournament, that will probably mean he will be less likely to arrive at Newcastle.”

    Lets hope he plays Crap then 🙂

  • Graeme

    Jun 9, 2008 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #2

    Well, if we cant have Eto’o, then this guy would be my choice, no doubt about it. This lad can hit the back of the net without thinking about it.

    What a signing for the toon – IF it happens!!!!!

  • Ben_BKK

    Jun 9, 2008 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #3

    I doubt he’ll start the match, what with Henry, Anelka and Benzema in the team…could play in the match, but I think he’s unlikely to start.

    Would love to get him though, looks like a good player. Wenger can bugger off, you’d think he’d be more wary, with the possibility of the 6 plus 5 rule coming in in a few years…


    Jun 9, 2008 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #4

    IMO he has only signed an extention to his contract, so St. Elienne would get a better price!! when clubs came in for him!!

  • John

    Jun 9, 2008 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #5

    lets not get too excited about this news for Gomis and VDV ..Won’t be dissapointed then when they dont sign…

    All speculation ..Nothing concrete..

  • geordie_jordan

    Jun 9, 2008 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #6

    gomis is a good player, but there’s no way he starts tonight… i hope the frenchies do well, i have 50 quid on them at 8-1.

  • micepie

    Jun 9, 2008 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #7

    Would be pleased but a) strikers aren’t the most important thing yet

    b) even if we did Gomis I wouldn’t want us to lose Martins. Unlike some Toon fans I can’t see many players being able to make more impact than Martins

  • Graeme

    Jun 9, 2008 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #8

    When speculation started about Gomis leaving his club, the price being bandied about was £24 MILLION, so not sure a bid of 10 mill is going to clinch the deal

    He is supposed to be better than Torres (£24 mill) and hailed as the next Drogba (£24 million plus to Milan!! Would still love to see him in black n white at SJP!!

  • beye the great

    Jun 9, 2008 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #9

    i am not to sure if it matters how he plays as arsene wenger doesnt buy out of tournaments


    Jun 9, 2008 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #10

    I think it’s a spot of window dressing, I have been advocating buying him since he was a nobody in the French league but I will be astonished if we get him now.

  • Tom4Nufc

    Jun 9, 2008 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #11

    If we get him then WOW, however not likely to happen, but I guess stranger things have happened at the toon… lets hope the recruitment team’s employment finally shows something worth paying them for… Gomis

  • Obafan

    Jun 9, 2008 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #12

    Would be fantastic, but what is the chance that we will get him. Perhaps we should hope that he won’t get any minutes at the Euro’s, but that would be too bad for him tho’. I really rate him very highly and I think he could, like Martins did 2 years ago, make an immense impact at St. James Park.

  • Ian

    Jun 9, 2008 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #13

    For our needs I still think Cisse is by far the safer bet, but I understand why people want this player. He lived in England and married a Welsh hairdresser so will be used to everything about England, Gomis hasnt.

    We need superstar midfielders and they probably will have to be unproven players in the premiership, we dont want three quarters of the squad settling in to life in the premiership the odds are it will go wrong for us.

  • moza

    Jun 9, 2008 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #14

    This aint gona happen with wenger sniffin about. Why we’ve never had our major deals done before the euros is beyond me and how come wise hasnt managed to tie up one single signing?

  • HeronMag

    Jun 9, 2008 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #15

    This sounds so pessimistic but I’ve been so used to hearing these stories over the past few months, until I get home, flick on Sky Sports News and see Gomis standing on St James pitch holding up a black and white shirt I’m not going to let myself believe it!

    If this and the VDV rumour are true then I’m delighted we appear to be acting far more aggressively in the transfer market. Gomis doesn’t look like a gamble for me. He’ s a big powerful like who would be the ideal foil for Owen or Martins.

  • Leo

    Jun 9, 2008 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #16

    i thought they wanted 17mil?

  • 51times

    Jun 9, 2008 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #17

    Cisse is not a good player, people here don’t want him. Get over it.

  • Eric

    Jun 9, 2008 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #18

    Caution! It is an Alan Oliver story and relies on THE source WITHIN St James Park. Who did they say the groundsman was? Or was it the barman?

  • Eric

    Jun 9, 2008 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #19

    So some think Cisse instead of Gomis – we may stand more chance of getting Cisse. So he married a Welsh hairdresser. In that case he knows all about the short and back and side curlies but – as far as scoring is concerned does he know his way around the box? Gomis would be an ideal capture but do not think they will accept Smith as part of the deal!

  • Jonny

    Jun 9, 2008 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #20

    i know theres a lot of scepticism but hey at least its good news for once! being linked more firmly with van der vaart and gomis and selling ameobi is a lot better than last week being linked with boyce and that charlton cb, just hope its not all chronicle paper talk!

  • Tom

    Jun 9, 2008 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #21

    cisse married a hairdresser! hahahaaa says it all

  • Ian

    Jun 9, 2008 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #22

    Tom, yes it does now you mention it!!!!!!!!!

    She is a bit cutting edge if she does his!

  • liamtoonbirchy

    Jun 9, 2008 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #23

    bbc breaking gossip says that two unnamed prem clubs and portsmouth want mattos the DM, 5.5m release clause. i hope we are one of the clubs because he is a good player, we need signings and we need midfielders.

    do you rate him tomtoon?

  • Kash2

    Jun 9, 2008 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #24

    Doesn’t matter if we sign Gomis or not, as he won’t score many goals if we don’t have any midfielders creating chances for him!

  • Joe

    Jun 9, 2008 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #25

    All these superstars being linked to us is just a ploy to sell tickets (because we cannot buy someone like we normally do)!!
    There is no way top players like Van Der Vaart and up and coming players are going to sign for Newcastle, if any other decent side who can offer European football comes in for them.

  • Hadji

    Jun 9, 2008 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #26

    Uefa Cup…….whatever,if Ronaldinho signs for City for sure it wont be cause of the Uefa Cup………….MONEY TALKS.

  • lee caan

    Jun 9, 2008 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #27

    gomis signeda new 5 year contract with st entienne a few weeks ago so he ain leaving.

  • ToonKing

    Jun 9, 2008 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #28

    Marcelo Mattos is a superb player, i really hope were after him too, although i heard Pompey are very close….

  • broon ale

    Jun 9, 2008 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #29

    lee caan. your’re right. we will not be signing gomis. he signed an extension to his contract and had the following words to say.,19528,11678_3643634,00.html

  • craig chisholm

    Jun 9, 2008 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #30

    another load of bollocks. i think that wisey has cracked it, he is flying all round the world – twice, having holidays and getting paid big bucks to do it. makes me puke. I thought his job was finding talent befor it costs a fortune – this guy is already worth 20 million. Thats prob why we have bid ten million for him, just so they can say, well, we tried to sign gomis!! i know, why dont we bid 40 million for ronaldo – we wont get him either for that price, but again ,mort can turn round and say, well, we were going to give 40 million but we missed out cos he went for 80 million in the end. Christ, i could bid ten million for gomis too. we should be signing up the players we already have but are on the verge of letting leave on free transfers. mid field and the wings must be our priority. there is only butt and geremi that we are confident will still be here come the start of the season. emre gone, duff going, milner has alot of interest, zogs does too. owen, taylor, harper, martins contracts all fcuked up. given on arsenals radar. christ!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ps, oh yeah, and ameobi going too. ha ha. its ok though cos we have ‘maybe’ signed a 15 yr old kid for a price that could rise to nearly a million if he does well, ha ha.

  • tooooooooon fan

    Jun 9, 2008 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #31

    wots happened to turan have we had a bid accepted yet

  • Spot The Zebra

    Jun 9, 2008 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #32

    A reported £10 million offer for a player Arsenal are said to be interested in.This isnt going to happen im afraid.Ashley needs to speculate in the transfer market to accumalate season ticket money.Otherwise he may be in for a shock when he takes his seat for the first home game next season.

  • scott9

    Jun 9, 2008 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #33

    hasnt he just signed a 4 year contract

  • JP from The Rock of Gibraltar

    Jun 9, 2008 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #34

    I think we’re dreaming but you have to go for your dreams and someday you’ll might wake up saying..I can’t believe it I am living my dream! – What I mean to say is if we manage to capture Gomis then I’ll do back-flips! The guy is clearly talented and would be excellent for the EPL. He would be on the starting eleven for all if not most teams in the EPL and Europe. Massive potential and very young indeed. I just hope we somehow pull it off…please GOD!!

  • bailey

    Jun 9, 2008 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #35

    Why does Anal Oliver waste space.
    Big headline then in smaller print Arsenal also chasing.
    Thats that then no prizes for guessing which club Gomis will choose.

  • chuck

    Jun 9, 2008 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #36

    Like to see him in the black and white, looks like a future star.
    Prices of 24m-17m. 15mm. bandied about mean nothing, as BILL f. SPLASH THE CASH, aptly puts it “window dressing”
    The press would as we all know prefer to exagerate, sells papers.
    Depending on his performance for France in the next couple of weeks, his price could go either way.
    Recon somewhere around 11m. to 12m.
    So lets see,
    Gomis 12m
    Turan 9.5m
    Cuellar 7.5m
    Bougharra 2.5m
    Reyes 7.5m
    Shorey 5.5m
    Emana 6.5m
    Milner 7
    Duff 6
    Emre 3.5
    Carr 2.5
    Ramage 1.5
    Ameobe 4
    58 – 24.5 = 33.5m price of a contender

  • sirjasontoon

    Jun 9, 2008 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #37

    Not going to happen…Why would he move after just penning a new deal.

    10M I heard he was worth more than twice that.

    C’mon Ashley you aint seriously after him…your taking the pi@@ fella.

  • deano

    Jun 9, 2008 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #38

    its funny
    my season ticket came today then suddenly
    new rooney
    and more r comming

  • Terry

    Jun 9, 2008 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #39

    chuck – Where are you pulling those numbers from? Ramage and Carr left for nothing, we won’t get £4m for Ameobi or £6m for Duff.

  • Eric

    Jun 9, 2008 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #40

    Saw Gomis for France now… Alan Smith would have done it better frankly… Looked slow and not worth any 10M… The only good news about that might be that he didn´t realy drag more clubs to him…


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