The news today is that Lyon want a ridiculously high €10M (£8.5M) for their striker Bafetimbi Gomis plus a €2M (£1.7M) bonus, that Newcastle United must cough up to land Bafetimbi Gomis – according to reports in France.
Bafetimbi Gomis – Lyon want over £8.5M for striker with one year left on contract
As we reported this morning L’Equipe are saying that Lyon President is asking a ridiculous price for his striker, who could be picked up as a free agent in less than twelve months.
There’s no way Newcastle should pay that amount out for Gomis, and if Lyon will not come to their senses, then Newcastle should turn to some other targets – like Loic Remy for example.
Remy is available for around £8M, which is what Newcastle bid for him in January, when he decided to join QPR at the very last moment for more money.
There seems no reason why Newcastle cannot try to push through a deal for Remy, and still monitor the situation at Lyon, since we need two strikers brought through the door this summer, not just one.
We don’t blame Newcastle for being held up on this particular transfer, if the news being reported in L’Equipe is accurate, and after failing to turn up for a meeting with Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas yesterday, the whereabouts of Gomis is unknown.
We wonder if he’s following Ben Arfa’s example and getting on a flight to Newcastle?
Certainly he has made his representatives know that Newcastle is his preferred destination.
But if there is an impasse with Gomis – let’s go after Loic Remy and get this lad signed up – soon.
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