Newcastle have been linked with Lyon striker Bafétimbi Gomis before, in fact we put in a £10M bid for him back in the summer of 2008 when he was still at St. Etienne, and there is news coming out of France today, that he has been made available for transfer by his current club Lyon.
Bafétimbi Gomis – made available by Lyon
The report is in le10sport and here it is and you can have it translated automatically to English by Google Chrome, and probably by other web browsers too.
The Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas wants to sell the 27 year-old Gomis as a priority this summer, although the player himself was happy enough to remain at Lyon to increase his chances of getting into the French World Cup squad for next summer’s tournament in Brazil.
There was a meeting between the Gomis representatives and the Lyon President on Monday, at which time Gomis was told to find a new club.
However, it is then all conjecture about Newcastle, but the report suggests Newcastle may be interested – and there are at least a couple of reasons for that.
We have missed out on out top striker target Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who signed for Borussia Dortmund today as expected, and Newcastle have been interested in Gomis in the past.
In fact the report in le10sport says Newcastle have already contacted Lyon, and the French club are in need of the cash, so if Newcastle think Gomis could do a good job on Tyneside, presumably we could even arrange a decent deal for the 10 times capped French International.
We’ve never been too impressed with Gomis, and we’d prefer Loic Remy from QPR for £8M, but it seems like good strikers are available in the transfer market, so we wait for Joe Kinnear and Mike Ashley to get the job done.
Gomis did play for France in South America in the June friendlies, but he didn’t look too impressive.
But Newcastle need two good strikers brought to Tyneside this summer.
What do you think?
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