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Pardew Confirms Interest In Gomis – Magpies In Advanced Negotiations

12:16 am, Saturday, July 20th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 82 Comments

It doesn’t seem like Newcastle are keeping their striker targets secret this summer, and Alan Pardew has already announced that QPR’s Loic Remy and Aston Villa’s Darren Bent are Newcastle targets,  and today he has added Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis to Newcastle’s wanted list.

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Bafetimbi Gomis – Newcastle target

Alan Pardew has today confirmed that Newcastle are indeed in talks with French club Lyon for their top striker Bafetimbi  Gomis.

The Frenchman is of Senegalese descent and turns 28 early next month, and the Newcastle manager had this to say in the Evening Chronicle:

“The Lyon president has come out and said we are involved with Gomis – and I can confirm that, we are.”

Alan was almost forced to announce that it was true that Newcastle were in talks with Lyon, after their Chairman Jean-Michel Aulas had spilled the beans and said yesterday that both Newcastle and Aston Villa were interested.

However, with the surprise news that Villa striker Christian Benteke has withdrawn his transfer request and has signed a new lucrative four year contract through 2017 at Aston Villa – maybe that means Newcastle are in the driving seat for the 27 year-old French International.

We assume Joe Kinnear is in the lead on this deal, and the Board are keeping Alan informed, while he has the Newcastle squad at SC Braga, conducting a week’s training camp, and we play Rio Ave tomorrow night.

And the Chronicle is reporting that Gomis is keen to move to Newcastle (that’s not a surprise), and of course he would be able to settle in very quickly on Tyneside with Newcastle having such a large (and growing) French contingent of players.

Newcastle should be able o get a decent deal on Gomis too, and we were after the same striker back in 2008, when Kevin Keegan was Newcastle manager, but Gomis moved from St Etienne to Lyon in 2009 for €13M (£11M) on a five-year deal.

And with just one year left on his contract, Gomis should come as a bargain buy for Newcastle, and it could be the fee is around £5M, although £7M is the fee generally being reported.

Last season Gomis scored 20 goals in 40 appearances for Lyon and in four years at the French club he has 189 appearances with 74 goals, and he’s played 10 times for France with 3 goals.

But the good news is that it looks like the negotiations are now at an advanced stage, and Bafetimbi Gomis could be the first senior player through the door this summer on Tyneside, and he’s a very good striker. 😀

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82 responses so far ↓

  • 1 surrey_toon // Jul 20, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    why do i always get the feeling if there is any good news bad news shortly follows

  • 2 Krul To Be Kind // Jul 20, 2013 at 12:22 AM



    I would take him in a heartbeat given the hype surrounding him, just can’t see it happening. He’s a player I don’t know much about, sounds more like a versatile forward. If only our regime would take the odd gamble, in PL terms 6-8m isn’t an awful lot and his wages wouldn’t be massive either. I would love if we tried to get him on a similar deal to the one that got HBA on Tyneside!

    As for not getting a chance because of the guys in front of him, he still should have been ‘blooded’ at some point with the odd cameo or cup game, after all he is now in his early twenties.

  • 3 toonicle // Jul 20, 2013 at 12:26 AM

    5-7Mil? Good buy for that no doubt.

  • 4 Krul To Be Kind // Jul 20, 2013 at 12:32 AM

    Message to JFK.

    While you’re in Lyon, why not ask the question about Briand too! Pacy winger with potential that we desperately need… oh and Sinclair just to mix things up and give competition so Pardew can justify playing a wide set up.

    That’s about 20m right there for all 3 and good additions too!

  • 5 Crow59 // Jul 20, 2013 at 12:32 AM

    Gomis,Bent and a decent winger (Sinclair or Ince) and i will be a very happy man, providing we dont lose cabs or hba

  • 6 Sazzer // Jul 20, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    Krul to be Kind
    Gomis is shorter than Remy.

  • 7 Krul To Be Kind // Jul 20, 2013 at 12:36 AM


    I doubt by much, but a lot bulkier without doubt

  • 8 Krul To Be Kind // Jul 20, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    Saz – just checked… thay are same size!

  • 9 Krul To Be Kind // Jul 20, 2013 at 12:38 AM

  • 10 Sazzer // Jul 20, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    More or less yes…Remy 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) Gomis 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)

  • 11 Sazzer // Jul 20, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    I didn’t point that out as negative just some people think Gomis is a lot taller than he is. I think Gomis would be an excellent signing for the right price.

  • 12 Krul To Be Kind // Jul 20, 2013 at 12:48 AM

    Lads saying he is too small are probs armchair fans about 5’7′ themselves (i’m 6’4′ for the record)

  • 13 Yohan Kebab // Jul 20, 2013 at 12:52 AM


    any evidence of armchair fans being several inches shorter than their ‘real’ fan counterparts?

  • 14 Rooster // Jul 20, 2013 at 12:53 AM

    Get this kid signed up asap, different world from wor shola, no disrespect.

  • 15 Krul To Be Kind // Jul 20, 2013 at 12:54 AM

    Average height in the PL is 5’9′

  • 16 Toon73 // Jul 20, 2013 at 12:56 AM

    Krul sounds like he’s a long streak of pelican shite. I’m 5’7 myself life is good down here.

    Gomis IN !

  • 17 Krul To Be Kind // Jul 20, 2013 at 12:57 AM


    I thought we were all armchair fans, unless we have some pro’s on the blog? that last post was in jest if you read the previous!

  • 18 Krul To Be Kind // Jul 20, 2013 at 12:59 AM


    Got it in one chap!

    Pelican shite is a bit random don’t ya think? 😉

  • 19 Krul To Be Kind // Jul 20, 2013 at 12:59 AM


  • 20 Sazzer // Jul 20, 2013 at 1:01 AM

    Shola 6 ft 3 in 1.91 m
    Bent 5 ft 11 in 1.80 m
    Bony 6 ft 0 in 1.83 m
    Guidetti 6 ft 1 in 1.85 m
    Rhodes 6 ft 1 in 1.85 m
    Gameiro 5 ft 7 1?2 in 1.72 m

  • 21 Sazzer // Jul 20, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    Gignac 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)

  • 22 Krul To Be Kind // Jul 20, 2013 at 1:03 AM

    I think we need more height and/or power to maximise set plays, we were promised it last summer and it didn’t happen, especially if we are to go 433, we need a spearhead at the very top

  • 23 Sazzer // Jul 20, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    Cisse 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in and Campbell 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)

  • 24 Krul To Be Kind // Jul 20, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    on the last one Saz, call me old school but I’m an activist for the big man (physique, not necessarily just size) little man up top – toshack & dogleish, rush and beardo, shearer & bellamy – I really thought Suarez and Carrol would have been class together for the fools given the chance

  • 25 Ginger // Jul 20, 2013 at 1:10 AM

    Gets me fuming when people call each other armchair fans. Not everyone can afford to pay, show them some respect.

  • 26 Toon73 // Jul 20, 2013 at 1:10 AM

    Yeah mate all in jest :)

  • 27 Krul To Be Kind // Jul 20, 2013 at 1:13 AM

    Ginger – Chill lad! it is in jest, has nothing to do with affordability – the last I checked armchair fans was an all encompassing term for those NOT playing, not necessarily on their backsides at home!

  • 28 Sazzer // Jul 20, 2013 at 1:13 AM

    Crouch wins most aerial duels and Kiessling got most goals with his head last season.

  • 29 Krul To Be Kind // Jul 20, 2013 at 1:15 AM

    ceouch & defoe is another one!

  • 30 Sazzer // Jul 20, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    I must check if Championship was included.

  • 31 jamesnufc86 // Jul 20, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    Dunno what to think about Gomis, seems a bit of a lump to be honest. But then again even at 27 years old , like me , if you can’t raise your game in front of 53 thousand Geordies who can. Lucky guys, the lot of them, I’m sure everyone like myself would drag their balls through a mile of glass for that chance

  • 32 Mister Tuff // Jul 20, 2013 at 1:22 AM

    short legged armchair fans…………………………………..OUT
    lanky armchair fans………………………………………………OUT

  • 33 Sazzer // Jul 20, 2013 at 1:24 AM

    It was not included so Rhodes probably had more than Kiessling. Austin as well.

  • 34 MacToon // Jul 20, 2013 at 1:26 AM

    Quite an interesting read about Ashley and his dealings over the years:

    Accusing us of anti-Semitic chants!

  • 35 djm... // Jul 20, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    Sazzer, I’ve saw all Nufc games last season, an I’m pretty confident Campbell isn’t taller than me (5 ft 4). I’m probably living in denial though haha.

  • 36 Sazzer // Jul 20, 2013 at 1:39 AM

    I’m going now.

    Krul – Big man Little man is at least one option a team should have in my opinion.

  • 37 headtheball // Jul 20, 2013 at 1:39 AM

    Your musings keep me sane and intelligent comments on this blog are as rare as honest politicians.Were NUFC ever a big club? There were times in my youth when we were packed in so tightly it was difficult to move. The atmosphere was electric!
    So sad those days have gone.
    lesh is another poster I always enjoy.

  • 38 Sazzer // Jul 20, 2013 at 1:40 AM

    It came from Wikipedia so can be incorrect.

  • 39 headtheball // Jul 20, 2013 at 1:46 AM

    Mister Tuff
    Why do you keep outing me? That’s the second time! I enjoy your articles and if I’m outed I won’t be able to read them. Please reconsider.

  • 40 jamesnufc86 // Jul 20, 2013 at 1:50 AM

    Ed should introduce a system so that profile pictures can be seen. I think it would make the blog not only more intimate, but you could look at the little scroat you had words with.

  • 41 jeff // Jul 20, 2013 at 1:57 AM

    Krul to be kind, 4-4-2 doesnt work anymore

    Name a premier league team other than us that still plays it

  • 42 Mister Tuff // Jul 20, 2013 at 1:58 AM

    headtheball —I’m going to have to guess here -so apologies beforehand.
    short arses (except headtheball)………………………….OUT.

  • 43 jamesnufc86 // Jul 20, 2013 at 2:07 AM

    Jeff, doesn’t matter about the formation, it’s shite in my opinion, just because Pardew lines up “442” or 433″ or whatever , the players are ultimately the people that are responsible. A manger should be able to dictate tactics and man manage players , but at the end of the day I honestly don’t think the manger is as important as ppl make out

  • 44 jamesnufc86 // Jul 20, 2013 at 2:08 AM

    You’ve all been positioned by the media

  • 45 jamesnufc86 // Jul 20, 2013 at 2:10 AM

    Unless he’s a comple see you next Tuesday, and has lost all motivation within the squad.

  • 46 Mister Tuff // Jul 20, 2013 at 2:12 AM

    Stumbled onto an interesting article in the French magazine -La Croix – Gomis and a footballer mate of his were accused of gang rape in Lyon just over a year ago. Presumably he must have “got off”. Link:-

  • 47 Sawbuck // Jul 20, 2013 at 2:15 AM

    @33 Macttoon

    And the comments calling it out for the bulls//t that is have been removed. Great journalism huh?! The independent is full of crap as usual.

  • 48 headtheball // Jul 20, 2013 at 2:22 AM

    Mister Tuff
    No mate. Retired bald overweight senile but I’ll go peacefully. I enjoy the humour which can be in short supply sometimes.

  • 49 Mister Tuff // Jul 20, 2013 at 2:35 AM

    headtheball – well apart from the hair- pretty similar. Glad you appreciate the gags -injection of a bit of humour keeps me going.

  • 50 Toon-Prodigy // Jul 20, 2013 at 3:02 AM


    Cisse replacement?

    Are we in because he is off or is he the next no 10 in line.

    What do we believe here…

  • 51 nut meg // Jul 20, 2013 at 4:20 AM

    I’ve lost count of how many names of strikers the posters on here say we should sign.Can anyone tell me who is going to link up the midfield with all these CFs to create chances.Lack of creative players = lack of goals IMO.
    Goal scorers need chances to score. Names anyone ? only asking.

  • 52 toonicle // Jul 20, 2013 at 4:24 AM

    Nutmeg- From what i’ve seen Gomis has pretty good link up play.

  • 53 nut meg // Jul 20, 2013 at 4:25 AM

    Forgot to mention it’s being reported that my choice Siem De Jong is staying with AJAX………………S##T

  • 54 sphinxhunter // Jul 20, 2013 at 5:30 AM

    Can he play with Cisse, where D’Ba couldn’t? Or does he replace the want-away Cisse? Will he also have problems wearing the blood-sucker’s logo, or is Kinnear putting clauses into player’s contracts that they have to put up with it and bank their lolly?

  • 55 gonufc (not Arf' bad) // Jul 20, 2013 at 5:45 AM

    Please no!! Really clumsy player!

    Is this just another excuse to lump it up?

    Looks like we’re not even trying to play the 4-3-3 that had us playing the only decent football under Pardew.

    This transfer window is even more demoralising than last summer!

    Crossing my fingers that this is a really poor smokescreen….

  • 56 argentoona // Jul 20, 2013 at 6:26 AM

    Being in business
    I reckon its a mutual agreement from both parties to drive up prices and earn commission

    Why would we go from quiet on transfers for years to LOOK AT WHAT WE WANT ???
    Doesnt add up to me i would take him for 6 mil

  • 57 bills-son // Jul 20, 2013 at 6:50 AM

    I remember a ton of fans on here saying Ba was a uselesx Ameobi copy after his first few games – now some are saying the same about Gomis.

    The priority isn’t to sign a 25 goal a season poacher its to sign a CF who can play with Cisse and link the attack and midfield – if that player weighs in with 10-15 goals great, more fantastic.

    Gomis isn’t a one trick poach pony like Cisse – he can hold it up, has a physical presence, good in the air and can play wide + he is a regular 15 goal a season guy. At £5-£7M he is a sound bet.

  • 58 jackostoon // Jul 20, 2013 at 7:06 AM

    morning all, gomis will do for me, we need someone different to what we have, we were far too static and predictable last season, plus hopefully once the first ones in, more will follow

  • 59 jackostoon // Jul 20, 2013 at 7:21 AM

    there must be some canny hangovers cos it’s eerily quiet this morning, calm before the storm maybe

  • 60 Jail for Ashley // Jul 20, 2013 at 7:30 AM

    Surely it would be better to buy a striker then find out he’s sh1te than to not buy anybody at all in case they might be.

  • 61 jackostoon // Jul 20, 2013 at 7:40 AM

    morning jfa, kind of agree with ya on that one, i’m just hoping it starts the snowball effect, it’s been too quiet for my liking

  • 62 Ben3arfa // Jul 20, 2013 at 7:57 AM

    people that think Gomis is shite need their heads checked .

    i mean who do you expect us to sign ? wayne rooney?

  • 63 ~Joke-innear~ // Jul 20, 2013 at 8:01 AM

    Tiote + Cash for lukaku… you think chelsea would bite?

  • 64 bills-son // Jul 20, 2013 at 8:03 AM

    Joke-innear @ 62 – no.

  • 65 JackButler // Jul 20, 2013 at 8:10 AM

    I’d take Gomis over Bent, but would much prefer Remy, but beggars can’t be chooser’s and we are definitely beggar’s under this regime 😉

  • 66 JFK junior // Jul 20, 2013 at 8:10 AM

    £4mil for Gomis is a steal!!

    Sign him up. Kinda like a player in the mould of drogba, Lukaku etc.

    A very good player, and anybody who has seen enough of him will confirm that!

  • 67 JackButler // Jul 20, 2013 at 8:15 AM

  • 68 Jail for Ashley // Jul 20, 2013 at 8:18 AM

    I think if we get Gomis and Cisse stays then we can forget about Remy, as proved with Leon Best Mashley wont have 3M strikers warming the bench.

  • 69 IITianToon // Jul 20, 2013 at 8:20 AM

    @JFA true that.. although MA seems to be of the opposite mentality!

  • 70 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 20, 2013 at 8:21 AM

    When you putting up the players height you listed gignac as 6 ft 1 did you know that is also his width!

    Gomis could be a decent buy but c’mon NUFC ffs there more leagues out there than the French league and tbh apart from the odd gem or if your PSG/Monaco signing huge players the French league is hardly packed with great CF ‘s

    Just a quick one
    All those saying if we bought x y z and Bent they would be happy, why?
    How many people would of named Darren Bent if we’d never been linked to him?
    Seriously the only arguement seems to be oh well he’s better than shola!
    Is that the height of ambition?
    Where’s the point in replacing a 31 yr old injury prone CF who’s career is on the decline with a 29 yr old injury prone CF who’s career is on the decline?
    Wouldn’t it make more sense to bring in 2 CF’s in the 20-26 yr old policy bracket and actually have some competition???

  • 71 sparky55 // Jul 20, 2013 at 8:27 AM

    Don’t worry yourselves thinking about how well Gomis and Cisse will play together because it simply won’t happen…Cisse is off…we’ll be buying two strikers knowing we have Gouffy and Shola in the background.

    What we need to worry about is supply. We have no natural wingers although HBA and Marveaux can no doubt do a job, but we have no-one to replace Cabaye which for me is the biggest problem.

  • 72 sparky55 // Jul 20, 2013 at 8:29 AM

    I think we’ll end up with Gomis and Remy, with Anita replacing Cabaye.

  • 73 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 20, 2013 at 8:30 AM

    @NUFC_Stats: Loic Remy’s representatives are still talking to NUFC about resurrecting the move to the North East which fell down in January #nufc

    Apparently we are still in talks with remy because villa won’t budge on £8 mil for bent
    Bent is no way worth £8 million £3-4 million maybe

  • 74 John Tudor // Jul 20, 2013 at 8:32 AM

    worrying find
    still who gives a monkeys nad

  • 75 Slank // Jul 20, 2013 at 8:33 AM

    Jail @ 68

    We should still go after Remy in my view. He has shown in the Premiership what an excellent forward he is whereas Gomis, if he comes, is an unknown.

    I also think that Cisse wants either a move away or more money as the reasons the press are reporting are very shallow. He is our only experienced striker. Shola is past his best (when ever that was) and young Campbell although having great promise is just that – promise.

    If the stories are true, we should buy Gomis, Remy and Bent.

  • 76 Toon Avenger // Jul 20, 2013 at 8:35 AM

    I’d love us to sign Remy and Gomis, sell Gosling (and Williamson) and let a few leave on loan but aren’t we forgetting the single weakest point in the team is at left wing.

    We can sign all the strikers in the world but with Guti on that left side they will be starved of service.

  • 77 Slank // Jul 20, 2013 at 8:35 AM

    Forgot about Goofy. Who is pretty good.

  • 78 Toon Avenger // Jul 20, 2013 at 8:39 AM

    I think you guys are missing something. We won’t sign Gomis and either Remy or Bent it’ll be one of the three.

    It’s world cup next year so I doubt any will come to sit on our bench.

    We will sign 2 if Cisse leaves.

  • 79 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 20, 2013 at 8:39 AM

    No point of thinking about goofy as a CF unless we sign a winger mate

  • 80 Slank // Jul 20, 2013 at 8:40 AM

    Toon Down South

    Perhaps Villa were playing hardball as it was uncertain until the other day whether Benteke would leave.

    I’m surprised that Villa supposedly valued Bent so highly as they seem to be doing everything possible to make his life hell. A disgruntled player is the last thing a manager needs in a dressing room, unless of course they don’t allow him through the door!

  • 81 Jail for Ashley // Jul 20, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    I don’t want to see Cisse leave but would be happy if Remy and Gomis were signed although I would like to have four good strikers with AC being sent on loan to Birmingham I don’t think it fits with our policy nevertheless an ideal window for me would be Remy, Gomis and Sinclair in and Gosling , Obertan and Ameobi sent the other way.

  • 82 nufcursed // Jul 20, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    gomis is not good enough!
    if cissé leaves we will have become worse instead of improving..
    cannot believe we’re only after these mediocre players, while there are a lot of better and cheaper options out there!
    this club is fked up!
    we should be looking to sign exciting players, not players who’re past their best!
    and remy?
    i thought we were only interested in players that want to play for us???
    surely this makes no sense at all..
    but then again this is typical newcastle:(

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