Lyon President Confirms Advanced Newcastle Talks For Gomis

There is news in the French Daily L’Equipe today that Newcastle are accelerating their bid to tie up top striker target – 27 year-old Bafetimbi Gomis.

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Bafetimbi Gomis – Newcastle accelerate their bid

Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas confirmed to AFP yesterday,  that talks between Lyon and Newcastle are accelerating, after Newcastle launched an improved bid for the 10 times capped French International striker.

L’Equipe is reporting that Gomis is not opposed to a move to Newcastle United,  and they are saying the new bid is €7.5M, which is around £6.4M, slightly less than the £6.9M bid reported yesterday in the English media.

Lyon are actively trying to sell the striker  who is under contract only until June of next year, and Aulas had this to say to AFP yesterday:

“The contacts are with Newcastle, and this is the most serious track for Gomis now, even if  another  Rhone attacker is also leaving Lyon.”

Lyon are trying to unload a number of their players this summer, to improve their financial position.

But this statement from the Lyon President seems to confirm the news of yesterday that Newcastle have increased their bid for Gomis, and are now on an accelerated pathway to get Gomis to Newcastle.

It’s a pity the negotiations are being done in the media, but the Lyon President hasn’t exactly been secretive about what’s going with Gomis for a few weeks now, as he tries to offload his top  striker for a decent fee this summer.

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