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Newcastle Now Odds On To Sign Bafetimbi Gomis

9:20 am, Thursday, July 25th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 81 Comments

Joe Kinnear must know that Newcastle fans are waiting for him to bring home the bacon so to speak, and bring in two of these three strikers  - Bafetimbi Gomis form Lyon, who seems to be available at a cut price fee (maybe £4M), Loic Remy of QPR, who is available for £8M or less, and Darren Bent of Aston Villa, who available for something less than £6M and has said on Tuesday that he is close to making a move away from Villa.

bafetimbi gomis on ground

Bafetimbi Gomis – Newcastle 4/6 odds on to sign Lyon striker
That means we could possibly get all three strikers on Tyneside for around £17M – which would be very good business for the club.

The 6′ tall Gomis has scored 45 goals in 93 appearances for Lyon over the last two seasons, and he would seem an excellent acquisition for the club,  since Lyon want to unload him this summer, before he becomes a free agent next summer.

And Newcastle have been linked with him very closely over the last two weeks or so, and SkyBet now have Newcastle listed at 4/6 odds on to sign the 27 year-old striker, if only we can get him to Tyneside.

It’s always useful to look at the betting involved, just to see what real money is being placed on any outcome, although SkyBet have been wrong before – like when Alan Pardew was 1/5 on to get the sack after Reading beat us 2-1 in January. :(

And that put us in deep trouble with relegation and in the end we just stayed up.

From what Alan Pardew was saying yesterday, Newcastle are close to a deal or even a couple of deals, but the wait is a bit agonizing for fans, as Newcastle seem to be moving at a snail’s pace in this summer’s transfer market.

We have to hope we get Gomis or Remy or both of them signed very soon, and we have already indicated that with at least a couple of good strikers brought in this summer, and we manage to keep Papiss Cisse at Newcastle, we will have a very good squad and should do well next season.

But we need the signings made – and sooner rather than later.

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81 responses so far ↓

  • 1 rainrix // Jul 25, 2013 at 9:22 AM


  • 2 JAMSHA // Jul 25, 2013 at 9:23 AM


  • 3 Spoof // Jul 25, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    We still haven’t made an offer yet, and as we always offer less than the minimum asking price when we do it will be another case of “failing to get them over the line”.

  • 4 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 25, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    Please please don’t use idioms when JFK is concerned he might take them literally and we’ll end with

  • 5 Tsunki // Jul 25, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    Smoke and mirrors. None of this is actually happening. We are talking about nowt. On a brighter note, it will be along time before our sun burns out.

  • 6 JAMSHA // Jul 25, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    we should get dis lad to YASSINE BENZIA

  • 7 xx sum ting wong xx // Jul 25, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    Gomis isn’t great. Slight upgrade on shola

  • 8 John Tudor // Jul 25, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    nice desktop pic of cllo throttling kid

  • 9 JAMSHA // Jul 25, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    xx sum ting wong xx

    not slight but big upgarde…. scored more goals dan shola dreamt of scoreng

  • 10 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 25, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    In that pic colo looks like he’s about to pop the kids head clean off!!

  • 11 JAMSHA // Jul 25, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    xx sum ting wong xx

    an by the way u sound like jeff

  • 12 John Tudor // Jul 25, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    yes its a snorter

  • 13 ~Joke-innear~ // Jul 25, 2013 at 9:32 AM


  • 14 JAMSHA // Jul 25, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    John Tudor

    send me da pic mate

    looks like colo gona kiss him

  • 15 John Tudor // Jul 25, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    i think when he got up he must have thought shit thats a big mistake

  • 16 widowmagandapoke // Jul 25, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    We have been fed this sort of guff for weeks now.
    Remember last year when we were blogging up to midnight on the last day of transfer? What happened? Exactly
    By now, most of us have adopted a ‘believe it when it actually happens’ attitude.

  • 17 xx sum ting wong xx // Jul 25, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    I keep being told I’m like Jeff. He’s a numpty so what does that say about me? :(

  • 18 JAMSHA // Jul 25, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    awww ED u need to change the banner of the blog plz replace pardew with jfk… coz his the sir now

  • 19 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 25, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    @NUFC_Stats: SHOLA Ameobi says there’s still life in his Newcastle United career yet – after making a flying start to pre-season #nufc

    @NUFC_Stats: Shola: “If I’m wanted at Newcastle, I’ll play at Newcastle. If I’m not, I’ll go elsewhere.” #nufc

    @NUFC_Stats: Shola: “If I’m wanted at Newcastle, I’ll play at Newcastle. If I’m not, I’ll go elsewhere.” #nufc

    @LeazesTerrace: “Gosling’s move could have implications. Pardew suggested it would free up money for signings.”

  • 20 John Tudor // Jul 25, 2013 at 9:34 AM

  • 21 gus3232 // Jul 25, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    oh no shola on the chronicle saying he hopes to continue nice vein of form,looks like he be leading the line next season haha,new 20 goal a season shola

  • 22 JAMSHA // Jul 25, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    numpty aswell :-P

  • 23 JAMSHA // Jul 25, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    tnxx john hope it fits ma desktop without blurs :-P

  • 24 Toon73 // Jul 25, 2013 at 9:37 AM


    Think of the quality signings we can make with all the money from offloading Gosling ! :)

  • 25 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 25, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    @nufcfans: “@DanStanley25: Do you think the Church of England will be our new sponsor @nufcfans??” #NUFC

  • 26 toon kk // Jul 25, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    JK is holding back on transfers for two reasons, hopefully selling one of our best players to pay for deals or/and every day MA holds onto his cash his interest is growing. After all its just a business to him.

  • 27 Toon73 // Jul 25, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    Shola and Sammy up front in a 4-4-2

  • 28 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 25, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    Pardew could sign up to a phone contract so he can ring JFK and tell him to get a bloody move on!!!

  • 29 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 25, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    This isn’t Championship Manager lads. It isn’t always just a case of putting in a cash bid and waiting for a response. In many cases it’s actually weeks of negotiating with the various parties. We are talking to the so that is good, hopefully an official bid will be made soon though!

  • 30 John Tudor // Jul 25, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    it will jam you need to open it with picture viewer

  • 31 xx sum ting wong xx // Jul 25, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    Thanks jamsha

  • 32 Toon73 // Jul 25, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    Wot wong, Sum Ting?

  • 33 John Tudor // Jul 25, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    when i see it i imagine his little legs dangling about

  • 34 Rotonda heights // Jul 25, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    bad news not getting rid of gosling

  • 35 Toon73 // Jul 25, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    whoa hang on TADS, how can you expect JK to get any business done this time of the day with all the pies and pasties on offer at the bakery?? His phone goes straight to message bank anyway, wonders why no one returns his calls.. :|

  • 36 richyg01 // Jul 25, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Someone tell Shola he’s not wanted

  • 37 toon kk // Jul 25, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    morning- how many players do you think we need to Improve our squad?

  • 38 richyg01 // Jul 25, 2013 at 9:47 AM


    He will probably go out on loan now

  • 39 toonfan76 // Jul 25, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Looks to me like Shola is doing his usual trick of putting in all the effort in pre-season Secure his new contract then it’ll be back to the Strolla we all know and love!

  • 40 Toon73 // Jul 25, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Shola is “just like a new signing” no chance he is going. He’s a “20 goal a career purple”

  • 41 richyg01 // Jul 25, 2013 at 9:47 AM


    2 strikers, 2 wingers AT LEAST

  • 42 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jul 25, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    Signing three forwards

    Seeing is believing. I’ll not believe it until I see them donning the famous Black ‘n’ White shirt of Newcastlew United with sadly Wonga on the front.

  • 43 hadthetshirt // Jul 25, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    We need to get someone in soon, so they can have a few games in the side to settle in surely.
    has nile ranger got multiple user names on diz ear blog init.WTF is with this gangsta text speak.Oh I forgot school holidays.
    Ed you should name and shame the multiple account holders(sad folk that chat to themselves) that might shut them up.

  • 44 rossi // Jul 25, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    you lot need to wake up and smell the coffee. we are not a big club these days . lower to mid table is where we are. bringing in new players is not like it used to be apart from current standing we also have a geographical problem i am sure jk and co are trying to buy but we are competing with a lot of clubs who want the same players . lets hope they succeed keep the faith brothers

  • 45 Toon-Prodigy // Jul 25, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    Im interested to know just how much our wage bill has risen since January. And how much it would increase approx with two strikers brought in on simular wages to Remy or Gomis.

    We all know MA likes to keep the club running self sufficient and has set a wage cap to make sure this employs that structure.

    I know players have gone, but they couldn’t of been on a great deal of money compared to the players brought in.

    One thing im fairly sure. No striker, Remy, Gomis or Bent will get close to 80 grand a week here.

    The more I think about it the more I believe this is the stuttering point for getting players through the door at this club. Not the transfer fee, but the wages and the annual cap MA has us matching.

  • 46 dan5679 // Jul 25, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    no deals to be done this week, this is 100% i know remy will not be joining us this transfer window

  • 47 xx sum ting wong xx // Jul 25, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    This blog is well clicky. Signed up last night. Been repeatedly accused of being jeff, Indian and others. Now someone saying text speak (don’t think it was aimed at me) makes you a gangster or a kid.

    Maybe I shouldn’t have signed up?? Only wanted to talk to fellow mags about the club I love :(

  • 48 Jamseyd24 // Jul 25, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Bring home the BACON ??? Best be very careful Ed or Cisse might take offence to that. Lol only joking before everyone give me a hard time.

  • 49 JaxtheMag // Jul 25, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    our defence is poor fulbacks cant tackle midfielders create little don’t score goals and we have no forwards the futures bleak pardew cant see that

  • 50 Jail for Ashley // Jul 25, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    I doubt very much that anybody on here has an expert knowledge on the transfer dealings of a club but do we constantly need to be reminded by the likes of you and pawl that it’s not championship manager like you’re speaking from a higher plain, The PEA deal was scuppered ages ago our second option should have been signed by now.

  • 51 G // Jul 25, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    dan5679, I hope we sign somebody, just to prove you wrong there. The way you have stated ‘this is 100%’, without giving any reasons, or sources. I do hope you have to eat some humble pie, although I don’t have very much faith in it if I am honest.

  • 52 John Tudor // Jul 25, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    his inane stance will set us back 20 years
    if its to remove pardew so be it
    if its him being tight he needs to wake up
    if its none of the above god help nufc

  • 53 foggonridiculous // Jul 25, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Bacon? What’s your sauce?

  • 54 RonVanDam // Jul 25, 2013 at 10:02 AM


    YASSINE BENZIA is another player we should look at signing. He’s 18, same age as Campbell (maybe better than Campbell), would be interesting to see them build a partnership in the acadmy and then apply it in the PL with Campbell playing a 2nd striker like rooney

  • 55 richyg01 // Jul 25, 2013 at 10:04 AM


    Introduce yourself then, tell us all a bit about you.

  • 56 John Tudor // Jul 25, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    bacon sauce,
    i find cooking it in heinz mushroom or chicken soup makes for sumptuous feasting

  • 57 richyg01 // Jul 25, 2013 at 10:04 AM


    Where you plucked that name from?

    Looks like Campbell is off out on loan – possibly Hartlepool

  • 58 tomellifred360 // Jul 25, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Agree with Toon -Prodigy. The issue that is holding back various deals will be the excessive wage demands of the players.

  • 59 toon kk // Jul 25, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    I’m sure at least one signing will come through the door MAYBE two depending on the deal JK can do, he’ll have to be the right price and not demand large wages. After all were a small club now with very little money spare.

  • 60 jeff // Jul 25, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    sum ting wong. ignore those guys.

    just be like me. be chill. post your insights.

  • 61 jeff // Jul 25, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    i think bambi gomis will be a good signing.

  • 62 tomellifred360 // Jul 25, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    We must, however, speculate to accumulate. I have a feeling that the points difference between 6th and 16th this season will be 6 points. I know it sounds obvious, but every victory this season will be vital.

  • 63 Yohan Kebab // Jul 25, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    kone and gomis in, use saylor as makeweight for remy,

  • 64 xx sum ting wong xx // Jul 25, 2013 at 10:08 AM


    I did last night and got mocked

  • 65 foggonridiculous // Jul 25, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    There are too many foodist comments on this blog

    Campbell (soup) PEA (soup)
    It doesn’t leave mushroom (soup) for any football talk

    I blame Secret Sausage…

  • 66 G // Jul 25, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    @65, agreed, I only came on here to ketchup with the football news and now I’m obsessed with scran!

  • 67 jeff // Jul 25, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    sum ting wong as kevin durant said

    if you dont got haters your doin SUM TING WONG


  • 68 welshgeordie9 // Jul 25, 2013 at 10:10 AM


    How do you know we are not signing any players this week.

  • 69 Jail for Ashley // Jul 25, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Toon Prodigy,
    Considering it has been slashed with the departures of Best, Lover, Xisco, Harper , Simpson , Guthrie, Ranger, Forster, Ba it probably hasn’t risen much at all.

  • 70 John Tudor // Jul 25, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    your getting posts mixed ting tong diddly pong

  • 71 toonfan76 // Jul 25, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    I see “What Culture is reporting that we have put in a 10 million bid for Gomis and Kone. Hope there’s some truth in that one. Starting to get really fed up of waiting for some good transfer news. Morning all.

  • 72 richyg01 // Jul 25, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Hey Jeff.

    You heard from Claire lately?

  • 73 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 25, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Unfortunately that’s football mate this day and age so either MA had to except that and either move with those times or get out of the football business

  • 74 Jamiemac // Jul 25, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    sum ting wong

    Who would you like to see us sign and what would your favoured XI be?

  • 75 richyg01 // Jul 25, 2013 at 10:13 AM


    Nah mate, read the story, we are “weighing up putting an offer in” no mention, as the headline would suggest, that we actually have.

  • 76 hadthetshirt // Jul 25, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    @70 pmsl.
    you don’t need to be secret squirrel to suss him out.
    What a sad lad he is.

  • 77 lesh // Jul 25, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    Ed. Bring home the bacon Ed? Be ironic if Gomis is a Muslim!

    Tads. Now if the Church of England did sponsor us, that’d really give Cisse something to think about!

  • 78 JP...from The Rock // Jul 25, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Just when I thought this transfer window couldn’t get any worse, Strolla says he wants to stay!!!

    Someone please tell Strolla he’s SHITE and NOT WANTED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ffs

  • 79 savio // Jul 25, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Hi Friends,

    I really think we will get gomis…really hope we keep all our quality players and sign the 3 strikers mentioned here….my concern is regarding sunderland and the players they have signed…have they signed any quality players…do you guys seen any of those guys before…i have heard of altidore and giacherrini…and i do know that sessegnon and johnson are quality players…please let me know if you anything on those new guys…it will be really worse if they overtake us in the league…that will be worst thing to happen…

  • 80 musomag // Jul 25, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    More transfer speculation? That’s a surprise

  • 81 coastalboy // Jul 25, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    As soon as the wanted players inform Ashley the wages he will have to pay for their services Shola will increase in value & be like a new player in his & Pardews eyes

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