There is some news in the Daily Mirror tonight that Newcastle could be closing in on the signing of Bafetimbi Gomis, after Newcastle walked away from the negotiating table earlier this week, after Lyon turned down Newcastle’s improved bid of €8M (£6.8M).
Bafetimbi Gomis – still could arrive at Newcastle
It’s sometimes a good ploy to walk away from negotiations, and it gives the other side time to think what they could be losing, especially if they have received a good offer.
And it’s no secret that Lyon must sell Gomis this summer, or lose him for nothing next summer, or for a reduced fee in January.
And it’s also clear that the financial status of the Lyon club is not good at the moment, and £6.8M would help that financial position a lot.
And you are always taught in negotiations 1) not to have an emotional attachment to the outcome, and 2) always be willing to walk away from the deal.
Try that at a car dealership sometime – and in all probability you’ll have the sales person running after you.
As long as no club comes in with a bigger offer, which seems unlikely, then Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas could have a change of mind at any time, and then quickly agree to the fee offered by Newcastle - which is very good one,
And it came out yesterday that Gomis had already agreed terms with Newcastle, and that news was in conflict with what the Lyon President had said earlier when he intimated that Gomis would take a wage cut if he moved to Tyneside.
It seems the only competitor for Gomis is Aston Villa, and they have made no move for the player so far.
And the other thing in Newcastle’s favor in this deal, is that Gomis has made it very clear to Lyon that he wants to move to Newcastle.
So it’s the points above that seem to have put Newcastle in an excellent negotiating position, as long as another club doesn’t come in and bid higher than £6.8M.
And even then, if the better offer is from a smaller and lesser known club than Newcastle, it could be one that Gomis would not particularly want to join.
And Alan Pardew did say earlier today that Newcastle hadn’t given up hope of getting Gomis – and we suppose it could happen any time in the next few days.
We hope it does happen and soon, so that Joe Kinnear and Newcastle can break their duck for the summer, and at least we would then have Gomis and Cisse next season – two excellent strikers.
What do you think?
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