Lyon owner Jean-Michel Aulas has confirmed that Newcastle are interested in signing Bafetimbi Gomis, so we assume some contact has been made with Lyon on the transfer, but the surprise is that no offer seems to have been lodged yet by Newcastle.
Bafetimbi Gomis – no bid yet from Newcastle?
The French club are trying to sell some of their players to dig themselves out of a financial hole, and since Gomis has a five-year contract at Lyon which runs out next summer they are particularly keen to unload the French International striker this summer.
But the club are still waiting to receive an offer from Newcastle and this is what Aulas told Canal+ today:
“There is an interest of Newcastle for Gomis. We wait for them to come to us with an offer.”
Gomis moved from Saint Etienne in the summer of 2009 for €13M (£11M) and last season he scored 20 goals in 40 games for the French side, and in the previous season he notched 25 goals in 53 appearances.
Gomis has 10 caps for France with 3 goals, and his fee could be as low as £4M, and that would be a bargain.
We’re not sure why the delay in a Newcastle bid, but Gomis himself has even told his agent that Newcastle United is his preferred club – so we really hope Joe Kinnear and company can wrap up a deal this week, and as soon as possible.
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