French International Wants To Stay Put At Lyon – Here’s Why

There was news in lesport10 yesterday that Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas had made it a priority to sell his striker sign Bafétimbi Gomis this summer, because the French club was short of money and Gomis is one of their best players.

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Bafétimbi Gomis – wants to stay at Lyon

But news coming out of France and specifically from the French Daily L’Equipe, is that Gomis is determined to stay put at Lyon.

This is what L’Equipe have reported today – and this is what Gomis has said in the paper – with the translation by Google translate:

“If I get a year of the end of my contract, it’s not my fault.” I respect all the clubs, but I still have the right to decide my own destination, right?” “I want to choose without being forced, even if it gives me more advantages staying at Lyon.”

That reference to one more year on his contract, refers to the fact that Gomis signed a five year contract in the summer of 2009, when he was signed for €14M from St. Etienne,

And of course that means he will be a free agent next summer and can leave for nothing, which is one reason Lyon want to sell him this summer.

And of course Gomis has every legal right to see out his contract and then become a free agent next summer, just like Danny Simpson did at Newcastle this summer.

We had revealed yesterday that Newcastle put in a £10M bid for him back in the summer of 2008 when he was still at St. Etienne, but we’d be very surprised if Gomis ends up at Newcastle this summer.

And according to news in the Evening Chronicle from Lee Ryder this morning, Newcastle are after younger and hungrier strikers than we’ve been linked with so far this summer.

What do you think?

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192 comments so far

  • cyprus

    Jul 5, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #1

    I’ve seen many strikers come and go, but this is the best instinctive striker we have ever had. We must treasure and develop him. Now, all the coaching team need is to find someone fast who can combine with him, feed him and play close to him and score too. Interestingly, we may already have such a player, one who scored 25 goals in the last two seasons. But, the coaches have a lot of work to do.
    PS. Have they found a solution with him wearing that Wonga shirt?

    The problem is when this duo misfires or one is injured or the opposition has him in its pocket. That’s when we need an alternative or two, which we don’t have.

    On most of these strikers you are posting Ed I for one have little idea as I’ve caught fleeting glimpses of them in their respective leagues.


    Jul 5, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #2

    Reeeeepost sory

    JAMSHA // Jul 5, 2013 at 3:10 PM

  • Ben3arfa

    Jul 5, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #3

    But Lyon want to sell

  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 5, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #4

    Now we hear from Cisse (as well as Sissoko) that he has also been played out of position by Percy. Whilst what they say is no surprise -I cannot off the top of my head remember a couple of first team players saying they have not been played in their best positions.

  • jayphoto

    Jul 5, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #5

    Big problem last year was players out of position! Think sissoko as number 10 was madness, many french managers and press openly joked about it! Even Sissoko was amazed by it! Cisse at right wing was pardew trying to shove square pegs in round holes to accomodate his best 11 on talent rather than suitability for the system! Think we always need to go with specialist players for each position

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jul 5, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #6

    ” You cannot off the
    top of my head remember a
    couple of first team players
    saying they have not been
    played in their best positions.”

    Don’t you mean you cannot remember any players saying they have been played in their best position? 🙂

  • jayphoto

    Jul 5, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #7

    On Gomis, he isn’t the worst shout you know! Works hard for the team, hes no aubameyang, not even close but the PEA will become one of europes top players, but Gomis could do a job, kind of player that other players love to play with, theres alot more to him than his goal record

  • toon kk

    Jul 5, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #8

    We have a few really talented players, we Need striker options and some pace. But what baffles me most of all is why we’re not match fit and Pardew playing players out of position all the time. This encourages hoof ball.

  • Ben3arfa

    Jul 5, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #9

    L’Equipe: Simon Kjaer to have Lille medical today and agree a 4 year contract. Wolfsburg and Lille putting final touches to €2m fee. #LOSC

    WTF how did we not try sign this lad .. What a bargain

  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 5, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #10

    jesper – hi -you’ve got me confused. What I’m saying is I cannot remember two players from the same team, within the space of a couple of days -saying they were not played in their best positions -I think that makes sense -does it.
    If it doesn’t I’m blaming the sun – red hot here in Northumberland -I’m dashing in and out – sandpapering/painting outside and nipping back in to see if anything is happening at the Toon.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 5, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #11

    Just a thought as it’s quiet, do all the people who said Mike Ashley business genius always learns from his mistakes FACT, feel a little foolish after the reappointment of Media Joe.

  • Joe Blog

    Jul 5, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #12

    Pardew was, in a simple-minded way, trying to emulate what Man City did with Yaya, using Sissoko – probably because they’re both big and powerful runners – that is the mastermind we have at the helm – a toddler could come up with that ‘tactic’.

  • Jayk

    Jul 5, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #13

    I’m tired of cheering on a? bunch of overpaid pricks who’s only loyalty in life is themselves. There’s more important things in life, like White Genocide, the destruction of our Identity and democracy. Football is a pointless distraction, the players don’t care about you or the club, they only care about you worshiping them as gods, like the little plebs that you are. It’s sad, seeing a generation graft all week to watch a game that they are too fat and pathetic to play themselves.

  • Joe Blog

    Jul 5, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #14

    Not booked yourself in for therapy yet, Jayk?

  • Belfast

    Jul 5, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #15

    Wash your mouth out Jail.
    We would of been the next Porstmouth without sir Mike Ashley.

    And when the financial fair play rules come in we’ll win the league. It’s all good.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 5, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #16


    You need to up the dose. it’s not working

  • rainrix

    Jul 5, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #17

    Jayk…. U Mad Bro?

  • I am a geordie

    Jul 5, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #18

    Would to.say that in person to us loyal and hopefull supporters faces.
    I dare say u wouldnt .
    I for one would more than likely take your head from ur shoulders.
    If ya not happy gwt off the blog and go watch the egg chasers

  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 5, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #19

    Jayk – you are being a naughty boy -clearly you should be in the day room in the afternoons. Have you sneaked into Matrons office to use her computer -whilst she is out – you naughty boy.

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Jul 5, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #20

    Ah Jayk the white supremecist returns. Why are you on a football blog FFS.

  • DokToon

    Jul 5, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #21


    “there’s more important things in life, like white genocide, the destruction of our identity…”

    WTF is that?

    methinks, world peace, curing cancer, world hunger, and the toon winning a cup are far above your piddly little wants… run along, let the grownups talk, little boy…

  • I am a geordie

    Jul 5, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #22

    No doubt u were one of the hapless hoodlems on derby day .
    Sad little man or rather little boy.

  • Jayk

    Jul 5, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #23

    Lots of anti-white hate in the? comments. Africa for the african, Asia for the asian, and white countries for everyone. The people who claim they are anti-racist are really just anti-white. Anti-racist is a codeword for anti-white.

  • I am a geordie

    Jul 5, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #24


  • DokToon

    Jul 5, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #25


    i would not piss on your gums if your mouth was on fire… begone, you oxygen thief…

  • John Tudor

    Jul 5, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #26

    come the day of the glorious revolution it may be you thats stood against a wall and shot

  • ToonMauritius

    Jul 5, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #27

    Hi Lads
    I think everybody here is waiting for the new signing as claimed by JK, “is it an April fool or July-fool”

  • John Tudor

    Jul 5, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #28

    me im waiting for goddo

  • John Tudor

    Jul 5, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #29

    and it aint paul goddard

  • Rake

    Jul 5, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #30

    From what i can gather from a few youtube vids of Gomis is that he is better at holding the ball up and plays deeper than Cisse. We saw Pardew try using Sissoko behind Cisse to do this job and it wasn’t natural for him. Knowing Pardew he would get Gomis and play Cisse behind him.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jul 5, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #31

    Gomis is a terrible CF tbh rather gameiro

    I’m assuming jayk’s therapist forgot to turn up today

  • Marty-Toon

    Jul 5, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #32

    Please let Gomis stay,
    He’s not even that great in the French league.
    He’d just be a long haired Heskey

  • I am a geordie

    Jul 5, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #33

    We need a goal scorer and gomis certainly IS NOT that.

  • ToonMauritius

    Jul 5, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #34


    “long haired Heskey” or a lazy version of Drogba

  • Indian Magpie

    Jul 5, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #35

    Kinnear is a martyr for ashley

  • Indian Magpie

    Jul 5, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #36

    Gomis is the only CF in france to score atleast 10 goals in last 6 seasons

  • John Tudor

    Jul 5, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #37

    just get cordozo now

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jul 5, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #38

    Because top CFs normally don’t stay in France for 6 years???

  • p

    Jul 5, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #39

    The more time goes on, the more i think we will sign remi at the end of the window because there are no other options

  • Jamiemac

    Jul 5, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #40

    2 sources on twitter claiming we’ve bid for Remy. One not particularly reliable though

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