The Lyon Chairman and owner Jean-Michel Aulas has today said that the French club have received three offers for their French International striker Bafetimbi Gomis.
Bafetimbi Gomis – three bids in for the striker?
And that’s not good news for Newcastle, who for one reason or another seem to have dragged their feet in bidding for the 27 year-old striker, and only yesterday the owner had said while Newcastle were interested they had not received a bid from the Tyneside club.
Football clubs are successful in the transfer market by showing stealth and speed, and unfortunately Newcastle seem to have been moving at a slow pace at best this summer – and that’s being kind.
With Newcastle’s reputation for bidding low for players, we cannot believe that our bid is the best one in there, if indeed three bids have been received by Lyon.
And Aulas confirmed that Newcastle are one of the clubs interested in the forward, but there were rumors that Tottenham Hotspur had also become interested in the striker, who has played 10 times for France.
Aulas posted the message on Twitter today, when he was asked the question – had there been any interest for Gomis – this is what Aulas tweeted:
“Yes at least 3″.
We suppose that could mean clubs just expressing an interest in the striker rather than actual bids, but we just hope that Newcastle have formally put their bid in, because yesterday had told the French channel Canal +:
“There is an interest by Newcastle for Gomis – we wait from them to come to us with an offer.”
We could be wrong, but generally the longer the chase for a good striker goes on, the more clubs will become interested – and that’s what seems to have happened here.
Newcastle must move a lot more quickly in the future, and not tell the world who we are after, if we are to get our targets through the door.
There still has to be a chance we can get Gomis to Newcastle, but the longer it goes the less chance we think Newcastle will have of getting the player.
We hope we are wrong on this.
And to end on a more positive note, we’ll have Papiss Cisse at the club next season, as he has now agreed to wear the Wonga emblem on his Newcastle shirt and training gear – that’s some good news today.
So at the moment we have Shola Ameobi and Papiss Cisse as the two recognized strikers, with Yoan Gouffran also able to play up front, and we need two more strikers this summer.
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