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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49 comments so far

  • colwell

    Jul 28, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #1

    Get French Football ?@GFN_France 9m
    Confirmed: Lyon have rejected an €8m bid for Gomis from Newcastle. Negotiations continue. #NUFC must offer €10m. #OL

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  • Fostino

    Jul 28, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #2

    so…is gomis any good??? i heard a comparison with heskey which made me shudder a little

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  • JackButler

    Jul 28, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #3

    We managed to spend our way from the brink last season, I just hope that we are not in the same position this season because of penny pinching with our targets

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  • mauritius island

    Jul 28, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #4

    Code to join this league: 630599-153227

    Fantasy Premier League

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  • Patoon

    Jul 28, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #5

    ToonDarnSarf

    Don’t u think that Jordan Rhodes would b a good signing? He’s a real goal machine, can’t believe he hasn’t been snapped up by a premiership team, Blackburn paid 8m or so 4 him so he prob would b around 10m but if he’s gonna score 15 to 20 goals a season he’d b worth it

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  • JackButler

    Jul 28, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #6

    Paying 10 mil for Rhodes would be a massive gamble as he’s never played at this level before. We are haggling over a few hundred grand for a full French international who has played top flight football his whole career who would still be 3 mill less that what has been quoted for Rhodes.

    Never going to happen

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  • Thump

    Jul 28, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #7

    @Fostino: He’s a canny player. If he joins, he’d easily be the fastest forward we have but he can vanish out of games at times. Seems to be one of those players that gets better with age ala Drogba… only not Drogba. At all!

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  • nut meg

    Jul 28, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #8

    Jack Butler @ 35 Repost
    Regarding Cisse & the MF…. ….my thoughts exactly.

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  • Thump

    Jul 28, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #9

    @JackButler: Leon Best on a good day would be Rhodes on an average day. IF the lad is knocking 28 goals a season in the 2nd flight, he can get a few in the Premiership.

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  • niafron

    Jul 28, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #10

    JB

    Well, Gomis will leave, this is sure, the president want him to go, and the coach said it again today in “L équipe”.

    Furthermore, “L’OL groupe”, the compagny who hold the club confirmed yesterday the new stadium will be delivered for the 2015-2016 season for a cost of 400 millions euros (60 000 places).

    The work will begin in one month, so they need cash.

    So for Gomis, it’s just a matter of price, they don’t want hurry however cause, these a lack of strikers on sale and it could be some opportunities later.

    Same for the player.

    Especially, they wait to see what will occur in Marseille. If Gignac leave, Gomis would be Marseille’s first target.

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  • JackButler

    Jul 28, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #11

    nut meg

    No striker can function properly if the midfield is as slow to release him as ours was last season, not saying he’s perfect but he wasn’t played correctly last season

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  • blew

    Jul 28, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #12

    Patoon
    Most PL clubs have had a long look at Rhodes and none fancy him, because he is playing at his level. Similarities with Ince.

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  • JackButler

    Jul 28, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #13

    niafron

    Do you think he’s the type of player that would fit well into our side?

    I’ve seen him play a few times but no doubt you’ve seen a lot more of him

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  • Patoon

    Jul 28, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #14

    JackButler

    Stephane Guivarc’h was a full french international, Jon Dahl Tomasson was a full Danish international and Andreas Andersson was a full Swedish international, Tomasson was a great player at Milan but hopeless when at SJP, personally i would spend the money on him, plus with Blackburn we could possibley offer them Shola and a couple of other fringe players in exchange

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  • toon kk

    Jul 28, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #15

    My concern is once we’ve got a striker or two in who’s going to supply them?

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  • Yorkgeordie

    Jul 28, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #16

    It comes to something when the players have to tell the management that the training is too easy, what’s worse is the management agree with them. Can you imagine this happening at Man U ?

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  • Patoon

    Jul 28, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #17

    blew

    Sumthings teln me we’l sign ince before the transfer window closes, think it could b after 2day 2

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  • JackButler

    Jul 28, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #18

    Patoon

    The fact that he does have a great scoring record but yet no one has ever taking a chance on him must tell you that there has to be a reason why?

    No saying that being a full international is a perquisite for a good player at all as Rhodes is a full international , but paying 10 million for someone that has never played at this level before is asking a lot, something that will never happen under Ashley

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  • JackButler

    Jul 28, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #19

    Thump

    Not saying that he’s not a good player, but 10 million for a championship player is a massive gamble, one that Ashley would never take

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  • mattyNUFC

    Jul 28, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #20

    Am I the only one underwhelmed by Gomis?

    I remember when we were linked with him in 2008. I remember watching the Euros and thinking “God, we better up our bid and get him before the tournament starts because if he has a good go, there’s no chance we’ll get him.” St. Etienne wanted 15mil at that point, and he, as well as France, had a subpar tournament.

    Every time I’ve seen him since then I’ve been glad we never spent that much for him. He’s an average striker in an above-average team placed in a below-average league.

    Perhaps he is coming into his prime and could do a job in the prem, but he’s not particularly fast, nor lethal. PEA obviously would have been great, but there wasn’t any real likelihood given our hesitence in the transfer window. Remy is far superior to Gomis, and I hope we get the former in moreso than the latter.

    I will also refrain from commenting on the rest of the circus that is this football club right now…..

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  • Fostino

    Jul 28, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #21

    supply is def a problem…im worried taht were going to keep jonas..he’s clearly past being a top pl winger in my opinion…had he ever any end product.

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  • toon kk

    Jul 28, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #22

    York…………
    When I watched us play last season I used to always wonder what the hell was going on in training. We have some talented players not playing to there full potential.

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  • JackButler

    Jul 28, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #23

    For the record I’d love to see Rhodes come here, I wanted him to come here from Huddersfield but it’s not going to happen for the price thats being quoted

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  • IITianToon

    Jul 28, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #24

    Happy Birthday Mathieu Debuchy.. hope you have a storming season at RB!! 🙂

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  • Fostino

    Jul 28, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #25

    toon kk

    we seem to lack a game plan…we always adapt to oppisition teams. we should pick a style and stick to it..for example when we had the 4-3-3 with cisse leading it 2 seasons ago. efforts to change to 4-4-2 did not work last year and we look confused on the pitch, changing formations several times during a match. i suppose part of the problem was our plan b was normally get shola on and we’ll hoof it up to him…i think this only worked once last year when he scored against relegated apr

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  • Patoon

    Jul 28, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #26

    Its very frustrating wathing us play and creating nothing, if players would giv and go it would open up more space 4 other players, but our players like 2 give the ball then stand still, isn’t Anita supposed 2 b a creative player, he should b playing more often alongside Cabaye and Sissoko, Tiote has 2 b dropped unless he can rediscover his form of 2 years ago

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  • thai-mag

    Jul 28, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #27

    Newcastle are in advanced talks with Gomis. What could possibly go wrong??????? everything

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  • mattyNUFC

    Jul 28, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #28

    patoon

    fat chance. anita and marvs will make way for the underperforming tiote and cabaye. cabaye will never rediscover his form whilst playing DM, and sissoko will never fulfill his potential while out on the flank. little things that continue to go amiss with pardew.

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  • HullMag6

    Jul 28, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #29

    If an ince deal happens 3-1 wonga claim credit for making it happen.

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  • JackButler

    Jul 28, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #30

    Patoon

    Last season our play/build up was so slow and predictable it’s no wonder we struggled in the league and being coached with a defensive mind set meant that going forward teams were always able to get back and close us out

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jul 28, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #31

    Jack Butler

    We can wait until January and we don’t “desperately need” strikers. I remember going into a season with Shearer injured, Ferdinand sold and we had a strikeforce of Tommasson and Rush! Now we needed strikers then! To even think of going into the season with 1 world class striker, one number 10 and one pensioner as back-up was ridiculous…and then Shearer got injured…damn Dogleash.

    But yes, we could really do with a top striker to ensure we get top 8. If Cisse gets injured, we don’t have a single striker that is capable of leading the line for a top 10 PL team.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jul 28, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #32

    Patoon

    That’s amazing speculation! A 23 year old striker with 9 caps for Scotland and zero top flight or European experience is worth £10M and would score 15-20 goals?! If that’s the case, why is he still at Blackburn?

    Look at what has happened to Wickham at our neighbours. He hasn’t done much yet. Granted, there’s still time but he cost £8M and was supposed to be the next big thing.

    I don’t want us to go back to the bad old days of blowing £10M on a player just to fill a gap in the squad list.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 28, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #33

    TDsarf,
    Are you being even remotely serious ?

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  • niafron

    Jul 28, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #34

    JB

    Don’t know…

    If Cissé stay, don’t think he will had much to the team. Could be usefull, but will not change the season.

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  • JackButler

    Jul 28, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #35

    ToonDarnSarf

    We do desperately needs strikers in now as if Cisse picks up an injury we are left with Shola who cannot play regularly because is body simply can’t take it anymore, Campbell who is unproven and needs to go out on loan to a championship side and Gouffran who has never had a good goal scoring record.

    We only have one striker that we can count on at this point in time and for a club like this to be in that position is not good enough.

    If we do wait until January then we could already be in very serious trouble ie relegation fight and getting anyone of quality to come here then would be even more difficult for us

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  • toon kk

    Jul 28, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #36

    Last season I thought either due to our fitness or no proper game plan we often just gave up. Our attitude was we can’t beat them so why bother trying whereas the season before we were fitter and could press for 90 minutes.

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  • JAMSHA

    Jul 28, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #37

    i would take rodes in a heartbeat

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  • mattyNUFC

    Jul 28, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #38

    i guess i am the only one underwhelmed by Gomis.

    If he does come here I of course hope I’m wrong in saying this, but I hardly believe he is going to add anything to what we have. A good striker? Sure. What he we need? Hardly. He AND Remy would be great, but if it is just one, Remy please.

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  • JackButler

    Jul 28, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #39

    matty

    If it is a case of one from Gomis and Remy then I’d take Remy as well, Gomis has a bit of the Kenwyne Jones about him albeit with a better scoring record, but Remy ticks all the right boxes for what we need

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 28, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #40

    We scored six goals in our last ten games of the season, in two and a half years we have released or sold seven strikers while bringing in two who are you trying to kid.

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