There is good news in the local papers this morning that Newcastle’s number one target Bafetimbi Gomis of Lyon, has made it clear his number one choice for a move this summer is to Newcastle United. We always knew this lad was very sensible and intelligent.
Bafetimbi Gomis - wants to join Newcastle
And it seems he has been talking to a number of the French players already at Newcastle, and good things are being said about the club and about the City of Newcastle, and that should help his move go through to the Tyneside club, which would be just great.
But the Evening Chronicle is reporting that Papiss Cisse will in all likelihood be leaving the club, and if that happens we’d be very surprised, and it would not good.
Here are some extended comments by Alan Pardew this morning in the transfer front:
“The Lyon president has come out and said we are involved with Gomis – and I can confirm we are.” “Bafetimbi is a player we think could do very well for us. He is in our sights.”
“We are trying to strengthen our attacking area. In midfield and at the back we are comfortable.” “I really feel there will be a player or two who moves on because of a little overload in midfield.”
That;s an interesting last comment by Alan, and apart from Dan Gosling, Romain Amalfitano and Mehdi Abeid, we wonder which other midfielder will leave the club this summer, although those may be the players he’s talking about possibly leaving.
Gomis has told his advisers to get a move arranged to Newcastle, and we hope that Joe Kinnear and Lee Charnley, the Newcastle secretary, are both working hard on that, but another striker is also being pursued.
Aston Villa are also said to be interested in the French striker, but with Christian Benteke just signing a new four-year deal to stay at Villa they may have lost interest.
But that also means that Darren Bent can be unloaded quickly, and apparently Newcastle are still interested, although that’s been the case all summer, since Darren is not even training with the first team,
And for £7M or less for Bafetimbi Gomis is a lot better deal than having to pay £6M for Bent, although Gomis does turn 28 next month and Bent turns 30 in February.
There’s no doubt that Gomis would be a good signing for Newcastle, and he has an excellent record with Lyon playing 189 games with 74 goals, and in his previous three years at St. Etienne he played 118 times with 45 goals.
But we’d still want to keep Papiss Cisse on Tyneside, and we’d be very disappointed if because we have Wonga as the new Newcastle shirt sponsor, we lose one of our best players, but it’s looking like that could be the case.
What do you think?
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