Newcastle Continue Negotiating For Top French Striker

There’s an article in L’Equipe today and here it is – and if you use Chrome browser it will automatically translate the page to English for you, or alternatively you can use Google translate to get the English from many articles in different languages on the Internet.

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Bafetimbi Gomis – Newcastle still in negotiations for the player

Here is what it says on the French web-site:

In our columns last Wednesday, the interest of Newcastle in Bafé Gomis intensifies. Alan Pardew, the manager of the English club confirmed the news to the Newcastle Chronicle by saying “The President of Lyon explained that we were in contact with the player and it is a reality. This is a player who could be invaluable. We follow him.”

According to the local newspaper, the 27 year-old French international striker has pressed the Magpies to recruit, especially as Papiss Cisse is leaving.  Gomis is out of contract in a year, so it could bring in more than €10M to Lyon.

So there doesn’t seem to be much new news there, but we’d be very surprised if Newcastle would pay out €10M (£8.5M) for the striker, who has just one year left on his five-year deal at Lyon, after signing from St Etienne in the summer of 2009 for €13M (£11M).

The good news is that Gomis has reportedly told his advisers that he wants to sign for Newcastle, as mentioned above, but we have to wonder whether Newcastle can agree a fee with the French club for the striker, and that never seems to be easy for Newcastle these days.

Alan Pardew has hoped there will be a new player through the door before he returns to Newcastle with the squad next Wednesday – we certainly hope so.

What do you think?

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25 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 21, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #1

    Going to one of those fish foot massages with live piranhas is too good for Ashley.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 21, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #2

    I hope a big club like Cardiff or Hull don’t show an interest in him.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 21, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #3

    Sky sports claiming Man U have made a bid for Cabaye and Fulham in for Bent.


    Jul 21, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #4

    we r living in a hope

  • croftus5678

    Jul 21, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #5

    i really really hope gomis comes in and can hit the net from the off (imo he’s suited to the prem) as i can not see cisse being around much longer as there does seem to be some sort of truth in all this afterall !

    on the up side atleast gomis has a lot better chance of forming a partnership with someone and personally think he’s worth 15-20 goals a season which is prob what cisse would give us if in form.

    gomis/remy and sinclair please as its apparent now we need wingers when even sammy and ober make a big difference.

  • JackButler

    Jul 21, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #6

    Wouldn’t blame Cabaye if he jumped ship our small minded approach will see him achieve nothing with us as the level of our ambition is simply to exist in the premiership and nothing more

  • ToonMatt

    Jul 21, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #7

    What is French for bullsh*t?

  • JackButler

    Jul 21, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #8

    ToonMatt // Jul 21, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    What is French for bullsh*t?


  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    Jul 21, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #9

    I dont want to sound like a doomslayer….

    But to me if Cisse goes, it will be a turning point for NUFC…

    What happened to the excitement when we signed Cabaye, Cisse, Marveaux, HBA…..two years ago we where set for big things.

    Now its looking less and less likely if Cabaye goes and Cisse, we will finish anywhere but the bottom half of the table.

    Sure Ashley was smart when bringing in quality players, but today we havent bid for any real stand out player….we have….but we where outbid by smaller clubs or our target chose Dortmund…. fair enough…

    But still…

    I have just lost faith…

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Jul 21, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #10

    Ashley’s the problem, guess we just have to wait it out until he sells.

    We’re going nowhere until he does.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 21, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #11

    Dobra utro,
    Unfortunately Mike Ashley showed us what he had in mind for the club last summer, there was an ideal opportunity to show that he wanted to win things, he however proved that wasn’t on his agenda by opting for survival at minimum cost this window so far should finally prove to anybody that still think the club is being run correctly that it clearly isn’t.

  • Bedsmag77

    Jul 21, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #12

    Losing the will to live!!!!

    Cabaye, HBA, Cisse…… Who next???

    Bored of speculation. Just want to see someone thru the doors. Remy spec gone quiet as well

  • sparky55

    Jul 21, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #13

    I swear to god pardew must have a stunt double that goes to the matches and then he comes out with a post match summarisation which bears no reflection on the game whatsoever.

    If he saw positives in that game then all is lost…what’s positive about being three nil down in 15 mins…don’t tell me…we won the last 75 minutes and were on the front foot all that time.

  • GeordieDan

    Jul 21, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #14



    Its incredible how much they’ve managed to ruin OUR club for us over the last few years.

    Not sure if you read that ridiculous article I think was in the Telegraph, “Is Ashley the best boss in the world?” ?

    A close friend of his said he will NEVER sell the club unless he makes a good profit on it as its not in his make-up. He only bought it to sell it on quickly to a buyer he already had lined up, but then the deal went bad and he got stuck with us.

    Its all very sad. We will have to endure him for a long time yet and people who foolishly praise Ashley’s way of running the club correctly?

    He’s not doing it for us in the slightest, he’s simply minimising his costs to maximise the amount he can rape from the club.

    The “friend”also said if anyone gets on the wrong side of Ashley he will go out of his way to be nasty to them-eg. when Dave Whelan told him to stay out of the North ‘club’ so Ashley reported him for shirt price fixing and then simply destroyed his business.

    He knows we hate him and trust me he hates us right back. Its not good.

  • geordiemark

    Jul 21, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #15

    ashley has never wanted to win things with us, he wanted to buy cheap and sell at a massive profit but no ones interested in his silly price demand for the club hes a complete dip stick

  • xiaofeiii

    Jul 21, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #16

    seriously, which midfielder other than Cabeye can spread passes around? But then I do not like the way he takes corner, he like to cross it high even though we do not have tall players who are good at headers.

  • GeordieDan

    Jul 21, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #17

    Is it really the time for penny pinching Ashley lovers?

    Running the club correctly is he?

    We now have Gouffran and Campbell as our only recognised strikers yet your Cockney Messiah does sweet FA whilst pocketing all the new TV money, sponsorship money (the supposed reason we’re losing Cisse).

    Yeah yeah the transfer window isn’t closed yet but we’re half way through pre-season with players ‘learning’ to play with players like Cabaye who’ll be gone to Man U, Ben Arfa who is (hopefully not) possibly off to Liverfools.

    How do we practice set plays like corners when we have none of the strikers we need yet!?!

    How do our remaining midfielders learn about the runs and qualities of the incoming (surely???) forwards if they haven’t played with them before?!?

    Unless we get 3 strikers in this week (unless Cisse stays) then we will go to Man City and get obliterated!

    No sane person runs a club like this. Mike Ashley is a megalomaniac, a ruthless dictator and a complete ******.

  • Ian Toon

    Jul 21, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #18

    Geordie Dan – your” Whats the point” post to me earlier is a recipe for despair. I am not resigned to anything when it comes to that which matters to me and my family. Stop being so negative and think of this time as being the darkest before the dawn – 2 signings this next week I heard just yesterday from a reputable national journalist.
    Communication is something we can all do better. Persuasion is quite often far better than beating around the head. During the Ashley dynasty/ reign the Chris Mort time is looked back as an enlightened

  • Spotlight Kid

    Jul 21, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #19

    Geordie Dan @14
    ‘Not sure if you read that ridiculous article I think was in the Telegraph, “Is Ashley the best boss in the world?” ?’

    It was in the Independent. Initially it had comments attached (Friday night) where several people took issue with the lack of veracity and some downright lies, such as Ashley’s camp claiming he suffered anti-Semitic abuse from NUFC fans, although he himself is not Jewish.

    It was a pro-Ashley propaganda piece, no doubt, but as soon as those (rightly) outraged comments fron NUFC fans were posted in response I guess Ashley’s lawyers got on the phone and the whole comments section was cut. That’s what friends are for.

    Ashley is beyond contempt, and there is no limit to how low he will stoop to ravage & humiliate this club and its supporters while he is ‘stuck with it’. The only interesting section of the article was the admission Ashley bought the club to sell it straight on (called a flip in the trade, apparently) but he screwed up the deal – so no surprises there then – and was left holding the baby.

    Once business requirements go beyond ‘pile ’em high, sell ’em cheap(ish) the guy is totally lost.

  • lesh

    Jul 21, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #20

    Doesn’t sound at all promising. Could we about to see the same old story rerun?

    Refusing yo pay a market price for players, losing out on them and ending up struggling for points, again, can only result in s lowly final placing in the Prem where position means reduced prize money.

    Is this shilly-shallying a false economy? It’s madness!

  • MacToon

    Jul 21, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #21

    “…..especially as Papiss Cisse is leaving”


  • tiotelly bonkers

    Jul 21, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #22

    Hi all my first comment on blog. Been a reader for a while now but feel i need to get involved. I have hope ,i have faith, i have dreams i may also be deluded but i feel with 2 strikers in and no-one out we will be alot stonger than last season

  • tiotelly bonkers

    Jul 21, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #23

    Also MA might be a fat cockney barsteward but he is also a successful business man and not totally stupid he is keeping his cards close to his chest this time. i feel this is the reason us fans are not itk look what happened last time our targets were aired lower clubs with money come jumping on the wagon. (Qpr, remy for example) and Ma has stated he will not get in to bidding wars so if he finds a good deal then it is aired other clubs get involved and the price hikes and he will not pay over the odds. I understand his methods just wish he could step on the pedal more often look what he can achieve when he is at full pace 5 signing in five days have patience guys the signings will come. hwtl

  • toonluvva

    Jul 21, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #24

    Come on lads doesn’t want to ravage this club as some people think.

    He just wants to keep it mediocre, not too high in the league, but not too close to the relegation zone.

    The whole purpose of NUFC to Ashley is to act as free advertising for SportsDirect.

    If he can turn a profit by bringing in a young player on the cheap and then selling them for a huge mark up, then he’ll do it.

    The sad thing is that if he actually approached NUFC the same way as SD and employed real football people he could achieve so much more without spending too much money.

    In short, by getting shot of the dead wood at the top of NUFC management (JoKe and Pardew and few of the coaching staff) the team will get much much better, play attractive football, win some trophies and the fans will be singing his praises.

    Why doesn’t he? Who knows.

  • toonluvva

    Jul 21, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #25

    Sorry, first paragraph should have read :-

    Come on lads, Ashley doesn’t want to ravage this club as some people think.


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