Now Inter-Milan Join Chase for Bafe Gomis

The Sunday Sun is today reporting that Newcastle face a challenge from Inter-Milan, for St Etienne French striker Bafetimba Gomis.


Bafe Gomis – Jose Mourinho now interested in French striker

As we reported last week, Newcastle are willing to pay £10M for the French striker, who has been called the new Didier Drogba.

Mourinho would like to take Drogba himself to the San Siro, but Gomis would be a lot cheaper, and he is much younger than Didier, since he turns just 23 years old in early August.

But what we’ve seen of Gomis for France in Euro 2008, he has hardly impressed, and certainly on his two showings, he doesn’t even look worth the £10M we have reportedly already bid.

But these European games, going on right now, can be misleading, and what you want is a player who performs week in and week out for the club.

And it’s not necessarily those that shine in 3-4 games on the European stage, that are the players to sign.

Remember that Milan Baros looked great four years ago, but has hardly looked a decent player since then.

But if Inter-Milan are really after Gomis, we will certainly have a difficult job persuading him to come to Tyneside.

Comments welcome.

30 comments so far

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    Jun 15, 2008 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #1

    its the sunday sun making stuff up as he is likned to drogs, and mourinho obviously loved drogba

  • Geordie Nick

    Jun 15, 2008 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #2

    if theyre interested wev got no chance, hes already stated that hed prefer italy to england, havnt been impressed with him at all in euros either, think lukas podolski will be worth a try although probly got no chance with him if he keeps bangin goals in

  • geordiekk

    Jun 15, 2008 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #3

    if keegan has made comments about faye yesturday sayin he’s happy he is stayin does that mean he’s back from his jollys christ i hope so this is killing me waiting for someone to sign will watch turan closely the night but dont know if i want him to play well or not incase someone else comes in on the other hand i think it might be a done deal

  • Ross G

    Jun 15, 2008 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #4

    I have heard from a usually reliable source that we have agreed a fee of £5.2m for Kaboul of Tottenham. He has fallen out with Ramos, and has welcomed the move. There are also signs we may do a double deal with spurs getting Chimbonda also for £3m.

  • Jeff D

    Jun 15, 2008 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #5

    Im not arsed if he does go to Inter Milan! There’s definatley better players at the Euros than him that we could go for.

  • DMAG

    Jun 15, 2008 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #6

    If Keegan has total control of in comming and out going transfers then I’m not worried just yet.
    If this whole slashing salaries,Wise and Co in charge of recuitment has any truth to it, then I’m gonna get myself ready for what could be a far worse sittuation than I ould possibly imagine!

  • seetow

    Jun 15, 2008 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #7

    goodbye gomis 🙁

    and i’d have my money on ross g being a spud. hahahahaha

  • Danny

    Jun 15, 2008 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #8

    I would take Kaboul but not Chimbonda…

    On topic though…Gomis did say that he would prefer a move to Italy so if there is any truth in this then we are fighting a losing battle!

    To be honest though I think Mourinho will have bigger targets than Gomis…

  • Gunnar/Iceland

    Jun 15, 2008 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #9

    Guess we can forget him then.

  • izzymc

    Jun 15, 2008 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #10

    i for one am worried by the lack of signings and news stories of our club. with our rivals all getting stronger were gonna struggle to be top half never mind europe in the coming season

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    Jun 15, 2008 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #11

    kaboul is auwesome, hop that is true

  • Julio Geordio

    Jun 15, 2008 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #12

    He’s too good a prospect for no one else to pipe up an interest.

    If any of the European big clubs come in flexing then we could be scuppered in any move for the lad.

    I just hope that Wise an all, are working like tasmanian devils behind the scenes ready for an onslaught of transfer activity immediately after Euro 2008 finishes as we definitely don’t want to be picking up the scraps this year.

  • Ross G

    Jun 15, 2008 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #13

    Scouting Euro 2008:
    Looking at potential new signings that would join us, and are areas we need to add to I have found the following very interesting additions.
    Of Romania they defend very well, and as linked before both Goian, and Rat at CB & LB look good players, but the one that has really impressed me is Tamas of Auxerre he looks strong and assured and organises too. In the Russia squad there right back looks quality – Anyukov 25 of Zenit – he is very very solid and gets forward full of energy great competition for Beye. Czech Republic LB Michal Kadlec has looked very good also an area we need definite strengthening. More obvious talent is that of Van der Vaart, and Turan so they will become harder signings. I really do wonder if Newcastle have any transfers pre-agreed to occur after the tournement as there has been so little movement. Its certainly worth looking to the smaller sides as Newcastle are not a signing force anymore.


    Jun 15, 2008 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #14

    The man who makes the goals for Gomis is Feindouno, possibly a better buy anyway. Is Crouch still an option.

  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 15, 2008 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #15

    Ross G, Kadlec hasnt played.

  • dave

    Jun 15, 2008 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #16

    dont sign him or even try to he did nothing when i watched him play against netherlands i think he touched the ball once


    Jun 15, 2008 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #17

    He did look very good in the French Ligue but seems to have gone off the boil of late. A lot of young players often go through a phase like that but come good again later. I don’t think we can really judge him on the Euro games. Still think it would be worth getting Feindouno as well.

  • Steveo

    Jun 15, 2008 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #18

    Bafe’s got an awful touch..similar to that of our very own Smudge. Not convinced about him at all.

  • Neil Snowdon

    Jun 15, 2008 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #19

    Dear Ed,

    I know we shouldn’t judge on substitute appearances and I assume he has impressed elsewhere, but Gomis didn’t seem to be a £ 10m player to me. I followed his movement, or rather, lack of it, every minute he was in a shot. He doesn’t appear to have football intelligence and his ball control would embarrass most schoolboys!

    I, for one, will not be worried if he opts for spaghetti rather than fish and chips on the Quay side.



  • deano

    Jun 15, 2008 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #20

    hes like shola with long hair and a wose touch
    hes lazy and no good to us

  • tapir

    Jun 15, 2008 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #21

    as Tom_Toon say long time ago…
    now i follow suit
    pls sign Yuri Zhirkov!!!!!!!!! and Arshavin of course!!!
    From RUssian with love

  • Ian

    Jun 15, 2008 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #22

    This player may be brilliant oneday but I have seen nothing that would inspire me to buy this player today, the foreign clubs are talking up players and using the press as a sales window hoping some mug in the premiership buys one of them, I would leave well alone.

    Buy experience, Cisse, Johnson or Kitson and stick our necks out in the midfield unless Owen is going.

  • Leo

    Jun 15, 2008 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #23

    ive just had a total funny thought.

    maybe mike ashley is not allowing the deals to be done till the last minute of the transfer window to save a couple thousand on wages…

    nah wait till euros are over then get excited everyone- well i hope

  • normski1930z

    Jun 15, 2008 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #24

    why cant we try our hand at huntalaar … age right , scores goals, big powerful, gud in the air, but me thinks ma wouldnt shell out the cash which is a shame coz i really thought it was goin to be different under cashley but it seems as though he doesnt want to pay big money for players. i hope i am wrong but lets wait and see…..

  • Davey G

    Jun 15, 2008 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #25

    Haway folks, the lad has had about 30 mins of footy in 2 games, surely you cant make a judgement on that. Some very harsh punters on here!

    BUT, saying that, I thought Derdiyok looked a cracking young player for the swiss. Works hard, gets into decent positions, heaps of pace and with decent service from our new creative midfielder..????????…the lad maybe a decent punt and i dont think he would cost anywhere near the 10m+ we would pay for gomis.

    Or F*** it, lets blow the budget on Daveeeedddd Villa!!!Now he is a player and a half.
    Reminds me slightly of a Beardsley type player. it would be great to have a new PEDRO @ St Jammies!!

    Sadly I lapsed into cloud cuckoo land for a moment then!!!!!!


    Jun 15, 2008 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #26

    Cuellar, Arda, Gomis, BArnetta, Dediyok, Zigic, UjFalusi, larsson , engelaar and De Zeeuw would be class

  • scott9

    Jun 15, 2008 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #27

    wel we hav no chance then didnt he say he wanted to play in italy aswell

  • Matthew

    Jun 16, 2008 at 1:50 AM

    Comment #28

    I’d rather go with the opinion of Keegan and Vetere who have made several trips to scout him in person rather than going off a few sub appearances that have lasted around 45 minutes combined.

    The funny thing is the people knocking him and saying they don’t want him are the same ones moaning at the club for not signing Arda up before the Euro’s.

    Just about sums the mentality of our fans up.

  • clinta

    Jun 16, 2008 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #29

    Ross hope your wrong about Kaboul, ‘he has fallen out with ramos’ that’s because although he’s a good player e’s an awful professional, thinks he’s royalty and expects to be treated that way, not needed.

    babayaro 2 ahh…. chimbonda would be shit for us too, but at least his cheap.

  • Ian

    Jun 16, 2008 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #30

    Matthew-nothing to do with the mentality of the fans, some like you appear to want to take one big step, move from the type of club we were and bring in the new (young) and go for gold, it may work-it didnt for the French coach, it did once now he will be looking for a job, it is the chance he took, it will cost him his job, it could cost us relegation.

    Others like me want to do it in a few steps, move up the table, secure the position ie nowhere near the relegation zone anymore then ADD young players, not replace old with new, we will have the revenue and be in a position to attract top young talent rather than pay through the nose for it, the foreign clubs are talking up these young players as they are a big earner for them.

    So I like some of the others want a proven striker who will bring 8 premiership goals plus, as we are good enough with the current striker hit rate under Keegan, we are nowhere near good enough either under keegan or Alerdyce in goals from the midfield so we need at least 80% of the budget in that area and ideally we could do with at least one big strong decent defender who also puts in a few goals.

    Some think a superstar striker will move us up to 7th, I dont I think three decent midfielders and two defenders all who will contribute with goals will do it. A youngster at the front trying to settle in to english food, the climate and premiership football may take away from a good midfield, in other words we could sort the midfield and all they do is compensate for a wet behind the ears striker and we are still in the same position.

    Those of you who say dont judge Gomis by those performances arent correct, that is the quality of mid premiership play, they would be up against worse with Man Utd and Chelsea, once he is in with quality he looked like the new boy he is, that is no slur, he may be better than Drogba one day, maybe two years time, by then we are looking at Keegan’s last year.

    Maybe they will buy Kitson and Gomis, then everyone would be happy, or Cisse and Gomis, we dont know what they will do, I just hope they dont gamble everything on youngsters.


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