Newcastle Negotiations For Gomis Enter Critical Phase – Update

There was some bad news on Sunday that Lyon had turned down Newcastle’s increased bid of €8M for French striker Bafetimbi Gomis, but reports in France say Newcastle have not yet withdrawn from the negotiations.

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Bafetimbi Gomis – critical phase

The Mail was reporting late Sunday evening that Newcastle were on the verge of pulling out of the deal, but that sounds like pure supposition to us, and French reports on Sunday said the two sides were very close on the fee.

Newcastle are supposed to have bid around €8M (£6.9M) and there were reports on Friday that Lyon wanted €10M (£8.5M) plus a €2M (£1.7M) bonus, so it seems Newcastle are at the very least £2M off what Lyon want and probably more.

But on the other hand the two sides have been closer than they have ever been, and Gomis is desperate to move to Newcastle.

And Lyon must sell Gomis this summer, or lose him for nothing next summer, when he becomes a free agent or sell for a reduced fee in January.

In L’Equipe on Sunday, Lyon coach Remi Garde in a long interview indicated that both Bafé Gomis and Jimmy Briand would leave the French club this summer – “Their departure will take place.” – were Garde’s exact words, and he says once the two are sold Lyon could even bring in a new striker.

And the last word from L’Equipe on Sunday night was that Newcastle and Lyon were still locked in negotiations, but it seems like the next day or so will be a critical phase.

Newcastle may go that little bit extra with Gomis, because we didn’t do that with Mathieu Debuchy last summer, and that really cost us, because we brought in only one senior player (Vurnon Anita), and the lack of signings caused Newcastle big problems in the Premier League last season, and we were almost relegated.

Hopefully Newcastle will learn for the mistakes they have made in the past, and sometimes you have to pay out a decent fee to get a really good player.

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16 comments so far

  • Zero

    Jul 28, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #1

    How much did we bid for PEA??, im seriously ponding the thought process in NUFC… Remy was our main target in January with PEA second and what can only be assumed Gomis third. We missed out on Remy failed to get PEA due to a better club coming in and now are looking at paying more for our third choice than what it would take to get Remy from QPR?

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Jul 28, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #2

    Critical phaze indeed. Mike Ashley has even used the expensive biscuits in the metting with the Lyon president 😉 .

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Jul 28, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #3

    Phase rather

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jul 28, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    Comment #4

    Now then, what exactly is the hold up here with the players?

    Joe has been back off his holiday a week now – Still nothing.

    The only thing I can think of is we are penny pinching once again, skimping on the budget we should be spending, just like everyone else. I don’t want to see us ripped off, but this is becoming pathetic now. We have no debt and the books are balanced.

    While I don’t want to see Joe Kinnear here, and I really worry about his credentials in the job role he has, It’s Mike Ashley that sets the actual budget for what we can spend.

    Im not buying any of this “it takes time rubbish”. There isn’t another club in the Premier who is as slow as what NUFC is. It’s actually bordering on embarrasing.

    What a carry on man.

    For godsake get a move on NUFC.

    7.5 months without a striker that was desperately needed back then.

    7.5 months of hardwork scouting around Europe for Graham Carr.

    DOF hired a week before the window opens, no plan what so ever.

    A holiday for Joe Kinnear.

    And now, diddly daddling about trying to get the cheapest deals whilst we scrape the bottom of the barrell on the strikers that’s left in the window.

    You couldn’t write this script.

  • Uncertain Toon

    Jul 28, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #5


    When you find out, brief me please mate cos i’m none the wiser!
    Feel like a mushroom!

  • Uncertain Toon

    Jul 29, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #6


    I like reading you’re posts mate, ain’t no fiction there. It’s all so depressing at the minute and the longer it goes on it becomes increasingly worrying!
    Mashley must have every employee at the toon tied down with ‘no spilling the beans’ clauses in their contrast cos we get absolutely nowt!

  • brian kilclines pony tail

    Jul 29, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #7

    the difference between Gomis being preferred over Remy is down to wages.

    NUFC would pay Gomis 40k per week or 2 million a year, Remy will want more like 80k per week. thats 4 million per year.
    if both got 4 year contracts remy would be somewhere between 8 million extra over all, then add the rape factor into the equation and no way is Remy coming here, unless its on loan for a season where we will pay half his wages which is our preferred 40k per week.

  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 29, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #8

    What a set of loonies. I now have this vision indelibly imprinted in my mind of Remy being chased all over the Toon -robbed and stripped naked of everything as he passes through Cowgate, Slatyford and Newbiggin Hall. I think this is a prelude to numerous sightings of the batcopter tomorrow by enthusiastic fans.

  • Toon73

    Jul 29, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #9

    Remy and Gomis this week.

    Bent on the final day £3m

  • PapissSmurf

    Jul 29, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    Comment #10

    Can someone please explain to me why it takes so long to negotiate for a player?

    £6 million? No
    £7 million? No
    £8 million? Okay

    Surely a 5 minute convo tops!

  • brian kilclines pony tail

    Jul 29, 2013 at 12:12 AM

    Comment #11


    not if its £1000001.00? no
    so £1000002.00 then? no
    £1000003.00? sacrebleu!

  • potski

    Jul 29, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #12

    What’s this slowest club stuff? You missed the on-going saga about Rooney and Fabregas. Plus Real apparently only just made bid for Bale. What on earth they thinking about, the window has been open weeks. Surely all DOF’s haven’t been on holiday?

    If it was so straightforward then there wouldn’t be so much business done on the last day of the window.

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jul 29, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    Comment #13


    I think I have a weeks patience left in me then I’ll start to really worry about it.

    That would give us two weeks left before the start of the season.

    The sheer tightness of the purse strings is the same every window right down to the last cent.

    We have been here all to often and have had terrible seasons because we have missed out on players before.

    Players are crying out to come here, hell, they even go on strikes and throw tantrums with their own chairman.

    It’s like we are some seedy set-up when it comes to signing players at times.

    Ben Arfa, Debuchy, Gomis.

    I can’t think of any other regime who behave like it.

    Mike just likes us to bend them over the barrel until they submit their souls. Have a bit of class man for once.

  • GeordieK

    Jul 29, 2013 at 2:00 AM

    Comment #14

    All this negativity over new players, come on everything will be fine. Right im off to swallow a few more valiums !! No honestly, this is beyond a joke at the moment. It cant take this long to get a footballer in unless (a) you are tight arsed buggers (check), and (b) You have Joe F’g Kinnear/ the Irish retarded Terry Venables in charge of transfers.(check). I can only imagine JFK doesnt read the news or he’d speed up his arse….although i fear old JFK probably cant read !!! HOWAY PLEASE SIGN SOME ONE SOON………who isnt Phil Bardsely !!

  • Do the shaka hislop

    Jul 29, 2013 at 5:42 AM

    Comment #15

    Aulas just wants a boxload of lonsdale’s thrown in from mashley to sweeten the deal… seems the good biscuits weren’t enough big pappa lol

  • Szarka

    Jul 29, 2013 at 7:04 AM

    Comment #16

    Lyon want to sell for big money, no otger real buyers, just wanna push us to pay more.


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