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Newcastle’s increased bid of €8M for French striker Bafetimbi Gomis, but reports in France say Newcastle have not yet withdrawn from the negotiations.
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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