Newcastle Going After Top French Striker


After Newcastle failed to bring in their number one top target Loic Remy from Marseilles earlier this week, there is news today that Newcastle are now after French striker Bafetimbi Gomis.

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Bafetimbi Gomis – Lyon 27 year-old striker

The Telegraph is reporting that Alan Pardew and the Toon Board have decided to go after the Lyon striker, who is often called Baby Drogba because his playing style resembles that of the great Didier Drogba, and the price should be what they agreed with Marseilles for Remy – about €10M or around £8.2M

Newcastle were linked with this player way back in the summer of 2008, and news reports at the time said they had lodged a €10M bid for the lad when he was still at Saint Etienne, and there were also reports we were interested in the striker last month.

So like Loic Remy – Gomis has been a long term target of Newcastle’s, but the bad news is that Chelsea are also interested in acquiring the striker.

Gomis joined Lyon from Saint Etienne for €13M in the summer of 2009,  and the striker has played 10 times for France with 3 goals.  This is his fourth season at Lyon and in 174 appearances he has scored 69 goals for the French club, so he can certainly score the goals.

But if Newcastle are to have any success this time around,  they will need to show a lot more drive and determination to capture this lad, then they showed for Loic Remy.

But there’s no doubt the 27 year-old would be a good buy for Newcastle – if we can get him through the door that is.

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529 comments so far

  • Toon_Tom

    Jan 16, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #1

    i dont even know what to say anymore

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  • G

    Jan 16, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #2

    I always doubted the credibility of the earlier link with Gomis. What’s the source now? Twitter?

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  • Beattie25

    Jan 16, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #3

    No chance

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  • Spreadthetoon

    Jan 16, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #4

    AP “Fast, pacey striker” = Gomis – f’ing clueless. This guy is a good striker but too similar to Cisse and not suitable to partner Cisse IMO. If this is the best that NUFC can come up with, inc. AP then its time for the door to be shown to the lot of ’em! CLUELESS!

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  • bemba da

    Jan 16, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #5

    More chance of mike ashley getting 30 goals a season

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  • Novocastrian66

    Jan 16, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #6

    Canny name for a striker that, Gomis. Like calling a keeper Dontsave.

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  • Spreadthetoon

    Jan 16, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #7

    AP “Fast, pacey striker” = Gomis – f’ing clueless. This guy is a good striker but too similar to Ba but not as good and not suitable to partner Cisse IMO. If this is the best that NUFC can come up with, inc. AP then its time for the door to be shown to the lot of ’em! CLUELESS!

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  • SuperShearer

    Jan 16, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #8

    Oh Lord NO! He’s too similar to what we’ve got and we don’t work well in a 4-4-2! We need either a pacy striker of another HBA to play out wide left to feed Cisse. This dude is neither!

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  • Toon_Tom

    Jan 16, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #9

    id rather have the big AC back if this is the type of CF we are now hunting!!!!

    In the words of STT = CLUELESS

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  • Sinner

    Jan 16, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #10

    We’re just making noises about signing players, nothing else!

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  • ToonMauritius

    Jan 16, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #11

    we better look elsewhere, he is not what we needs

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 16, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #12

    How the fcuk is this the fast pacy CF that we’ve stated we’re looking for? The lad us a lump ffs shoulda just given ba the contract he wanted would of cost less and still of had a top CF!
    Surely if remy has fallen through the next long term target would be gameiro?

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  • jeraziah

    Jan 16, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #13

    He’s not a bad striker… however he would not compliment Cissé one bit..

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  • ToonMauritius

    Jan 16, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #14

    We better go for LUKAKA, and HOILETT, both are young and know EPL well, also we could Hoilett at a cut price

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  • hotdog

    Jan 16, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #15

    #6 Novo – Bravo 🙂

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  • richyg01

    Jan 16, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #16

    I would highly doubt, after the Remy fiasco, that any members of the press or media will be made aware of who we are after.

    Cloak and Dagger, that’s how we roll.

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  • GAZ09

    Jan 16, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #17

    Surely this is 100% rumor, the guy is slow and nowhere close to being a prolific scorer, He’s actually not that much better than Shola!

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 16, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #18

    ed

    what is wrong with you?

    you had one headline saying after top defender which turned out to be tomkins and now another headlne saying top french striker turns out to be Gomis – a French AC and yet more hoofball.

    Wish pardew would do the decent thing and just go. may be all our best players wouldn’t be up for leaving then.

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  • @lukehodge_

    Jan 16, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #19

    anyone seen of that wilfred bony from vitesse..22 goals and 5 assists in 24 games.. only 24 years old aswell.. perfect sort of player for us!!

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 16, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #20

    tads

    gameiro is a good call.

    i would take him and sakho on loan from PSG till the end of the season

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  • Spreadthetoon

    Jan 16, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #21

    richyg01
    There more cloak than dagger to this lot so far and IF this is the best that they can come up with then we are fcuked!

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 16, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #22

    I’d have him. He isn’t ideal, but ffs, we need strength in depth, and at least he gives us an option. Who would you prefer if Cisse was unavailable, Gomis or Shola?

    Either way, we need some attacking reinforcements asap.

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  • GAZ09

    Jan 16, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #23

    So Pardew was at Blackpool last night, is there any truth in maybe getting Ince?

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  • @lukehodge_

    Jan 16, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #24

    scored for fun the season before aswell… SIGN HIM UP

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  • boater

    Jan 16, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #25

    Spreadthetoon – The blog mantra now is we need to sign someone on the basis they will compliment Cisse. I can understand that after the Ba fiasco – but the truth is Cisse is having a nightmare season and to build a team around him and expecting him to click back to last season’s performance is a dangerous tactic – considering his form and our league position.

    Remy was perfect as he could have played either position. We need goalscorers – regardless of how it ties into our hallowed 4-3-3 – which may or may not save the day overnight.

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  • Beattie25

    Jan 16, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #26

    These 2 players for me would save our season!

    1. Dries Martens (Imagine him opposite Benny).

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdTuy2FAwhY

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  • Colo-Sus

    Jan 16, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #27

    Not the type of player we need IMO can’t play wide little pace, good target man though

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  • Toon_Barmy

    Jan 16, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #28

    he went to lyon for how much?? 13 EUROS? cant we buy him for 14?

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  • GAZ09

    Jan 16, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #29

    @26

    No chance of getting that guy, never ever gonna happen!

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  • ToonMauritius

    Jan 16, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #30

    @lukehodge_
    B.Wilfrid is a manimal, better than Remy

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  • Beattie25

    Jan 16, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #31

    2. Toby Alderweireld (Imagine him next to Colo).

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1Ul_4D9tWM

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jan 16, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #32

    I am still hoping for Diego Fabbrini, PEA and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa 🙂

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jan 16, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #33

    People
    Do you not think that the press are chucking everyones name in the hat hoping to get a scoop, cos the Toon are looking for a forward.

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  • Munster Mag

    Jan 16, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #34

    Richy at 14 ….thats complete bollocks mate …ie …”Cloak and Dagger, that’s how we roll” . NUFC’s targets are just as well documented by the media as other clubs. Dont think that we are cloack and dagger – we were a couple of times , but most of our transfers were muted in the press. “Slow, tight fisted, lacking vison….thats how we roll ” !!!

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  • robin

    Jan 16, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #35

    We seem to be slipping back into the bad old days of the 80s when we used to sell our best players ie Beardsley,Waddle,Gazza and replaced them with cheap un-skilled players which almost sent the club into the 3rd division not until the great Kevin Keegan came back and built the club up again only for the tactiturn Ashley to reverse the club in to a laughing stock!

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  • ToonMauritius

    Jan 16, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #36

    GAZ09
    Pardew was at Blackpool as On Job Training, need to learn from championship team

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  • GAZ09

    Jan 16, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #37

    I’d take Mbiwa, Charlie Austin, and PEA

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 16, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #38

    Hmm. Everyone was crying out for this guy a season ago. Now he’s not wanted. Big, athletic, 11 goals in 19? Who cares if he’s the same as what we have. Doesn’t matter though, chelski will get him. Also, there’s reports he’s agreed to stay at his club. Who knows what’s really happening.

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  • Spreadthetoon

    Jan 16, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #39

    Boater
    You cannot say that about Cisse given that he’s played on the wing all season to appease Ba so he could be in the shop window. No one knows if Cisse will fire up or not but Gomis while a good player would not partner well with Cisse. If we weren’t gonna build around Cisse then why the hell was he given the no. 9! None of this make sense. Another day goes by and we hear nothing from the board or Pardew, no reassurances, nothing but dumb insolence and it’s an ABSOLUTE DISGRACE! We deserve better than this, they should at least communicate with us. Telling ya’ if they carry on this window the same they have done so far we’ll all be up the creek!

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  • Munster Mag

    Jan 16, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #40

    Boater. Good point. We nayn also need to go 4-4-2 if it suits Cisse – ie a Bellamy type beside him working the channels.

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