Alan Pardew ill be back at the Brenton Training Headquarters today, where both Alan and Joe Kinnear have their offices, and Alan will be updated on the situation with Bafetimbi Gomis by his boss Joe Kinnear.
Bafetimbi Gomis – anxious to join Newcastle
The current situation is that Lyon rejected an improved offer of around €8M for Gomis on Saturday, even though Gomis has disappeared from sight in an attempt to force through a move to Newcastle, and that stance by the Frenchman hopefully will help Newcastle’s pursuit.
Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas wants €10M Euros, plus an additional €2M in add-ons (bonuses), and that’s a lot for a player who will become a free agent next June – and Newcastle’s offer of €8M (€6.9M) is a good one for Gomis – let’s be fair to Newcastle.
This is what Alan Pardew told the local press today:
“All I can say is that I haven’t spoken to Joe about the pursuit of Gomis for the past two days,” “I obviously let him, Mike Ashley and the board get on with trying to get a striker in. I will check with Joe today to see where we are.”
In this situation there’s not much that Pardew and Kinnear can do – fo instance they cannot say – well let’s bid another €2M for Gomis.
How much Newcastle will offer is controlled by owner Mike Ashley, and if he decides the money Aulas is seeking for his striker is too much, then Newcastle will walk away – that’s what’s happened in the past.
So it’s really up to Mike Ashley if there is an impasse on the fee, and all Kinnear and others can do in the transfer process is to try to persuade Lyon that the current Newcastle offer is a good deal for Lyon.
We think it is, and Newcastle fans are in no mood for Newcastle to walk away from another deal, if we are as close as the French press are suggesting we are to an agreement.
Here’s hoping we can still do the deal – somehow
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