Newcastle Now Linked With Former Striker Target

Newcastle United are reported to be getting ready to bid for Lyon’s Bafetimbi Gomis according to Mercato365, and it’s not the first time we have been linked with the 10 times capped French International striker.

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Batetimbi Gomis – Newcatsle made a bid back in 2008 for this player

We were reported to have made a €10M bid back in June of 2008 for the striker, who at that time was still at Saint-Étienne, and Kevin Keegan was back managing the Magpies, and of course that was the time before the volcano erupted at Newcastle and Kevin Keegan left the club in the September of that year, and we were eventually relegated in the following season.

Two other clubs are linked with the striker, and they are Liverpool and Spurs, and both those top clubs are short of strikers, and so are Newcastle, especially if the increasing reports that Demba Ba will be leaving the club next month turn out to be true.

And if Shola Ameobi leaves to play for Nigeria in the African Cup of Nations in January, then we’ll definitely need to bring in at least one striker in January, and the sooner the better.

Gomis signed a five year deal with Lyon back in the summer of 2009, and he cost the club €13M back then from  Saint-Étienne, so we’re not sure how much he would cost if he moves next month, but he has a good record at Lyon, and in 168 total appearances he has scored 67 goals, and this season has 13 goals in just 19 appearances.

Gomis would fit well into the Newcastle side, and his physical style of play is like that of the great Didier Drogba, but we wonder how much Mike Ashley will be willing to give Alan Pardew next month to strengthen the side.

Newcastle are currently struggling in 15th place in the league table, and we’ve won just one game in our last 11 games in all competitions – and that was the 3-0 defeat against a 10 man Wigan side at home.

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