The French media are again reporting there are a different set of facts being put out by Bafetimbi Gomis and the Lyon President relating to the breakdown in communication with Newcastle over the weekend.
Bafetimbi Gomis – terms had been agreed with Magpies
The highly publicized Pierre Menes , a journalist with Canal +, was first to report that Lyon refused the Newcastle offer of €8M last Saturday.
And Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas had said when he turned down Newcastle’s improved offer, that the player would not want to reduce his wages at Newcastle.
But it seems that Menes contacted Gomis directly to determine the accuracy of that piece of information from Aulas.
Menes put this out on his Twitter account:
@ BafGomis has confirmed that he had indeed agreed terms with Newcastle, but OL (Olympique Lyonnaise) want more than £8M.
The way things are supposed to work in the transfer market is that teams agree a fee, and then the buying club is allowed to talk terms with the player, and then if there’s agreement on that, the player takes a medical and then signs if all is OK.
However, with Twitter accounts and the like, that linear and ordered list of items is not always followed.
And we don’t think Newcastle’s pursuit of Gomis is necessarily over, and as time goes by Lyon will in a squeezed position if no other club comes in with a better offer for their striker, and the Newcastle bid of €8M seems to us a very good offer for Gomis, who is a free agent in less than a year.
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