News this morning in L’Equipe that Newcastle have decided to walk away from the deal to get 27 year-old striker Bafetimbi Gomis to Tyneside from Lyon.
Bafetimbi Gomis – Newcastle end pursuit
This is the report in L’Equipe this morning:
“After seeing their latest offer of eight million euros rejected by Lyon for the transfer of Bafé Gomis (27 years, under contract until 2014), Newcastle have decided to halt negotiations. The Magpies should continue discussions with QPR for the loan of the French international striker Loic Remy.”
A similar French report is also in le10sport.com saying Newcastle have ended the negotiations for Gomis.
The last report from L’Equipe yesterday afternoon was that although Lyon had rejected Newcastle’s latest bid of £6.9M, the Magpies were still negotiating and the two sides were getting closer on the fee.
But now it seems that Newcastle (Mike Ashley) have decided the fee is too much, and have walked away from the deal – and will now pursue Loic Remy from QPR, who is said to be available for about what Newcastle offered for Gomis – £6.8M.
A couple of points on this – L’Equipe have been wrong before on some of their reporting (hope springs eternal), and Newcastle ending the negotiations could simply be a ploy to get Lyon to lower their demands, and that could become true if no other club comes in for the 27 year-old.
Bit the danger is another club will come in and meet the required fee for Gomis, and then the question would be whether Gomis would agree to join that club, since his stated preference has always been Newcastle United this summer.
We may get some additional news on this today.
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