Newcastle United have reportedly put in a formal bid for Bafetimbi Gomis of Lton, but there is also news that Marseilles have become interested in the 27 year-old striker, who was a serious target when Kevin Keegan was at the club in 2008.
Bafetimbi Gomis – Newcastle put in bid
With Gomis starting the last year of his five-year contract at the club, Newcastle are looking for a good deal on the French International striker, but that’s always true with Newcastle these days.
The news in the Evening Chronicle today is that Joe Kinnear has lodged a formal bid for the striker, after due consultations with both manager Alan Pardew and owner Mike Ashley.
So we hope it’s a decent bid and that it will be accepted by Lyon, because when you delay moving for a player who is available and is a target at Newcastle, invariably other clubs move in, and that seems to be what Marseilles have done.
A fee has to be agreed before Newcastle can move to the next step, and talk to Gomis and his representatives about personal terms, and once terms are agreed, the next step is the medical.
The fee that’s being reported for Gomis is around £7M and even higher, but we’d be surprised if Newcastle have bid anywhere near that figure, and if we were to hazard a guess we’d say the (initial) bid is around £4M, for a player who will become a free agent next July.
But Newcastle fans are getting decidedly restless at the moment, that our striker department is so bare, with Ameobi injured on Saturday, and it looks at the moment that Newcastle’s number 9 Papiss Cisse will be leaving the club, and if that happens that will be a severe blow to Newcastle.
We are hoping that Joe Kinnear can deliver the goods this week and get Gomis through the door, and sooner rather than later.
And for Joe to become more accepted on Tyneside, he has to start bringing in some top players for Newcastle United, that’s his job.
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