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However, with the surprise news that Villa striker Christian Benteke has withdrawn his transfer request and has signed a new lucrative four year contract through 2017 at Aston Villa – maybe that means Newcastle are in the driving seat for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