Newcastle Are Moving Closer To Getting Gomis

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).

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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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18 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 31, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #1

    Jails too good for Ashley.

  • raj of hailsley

    Jul 31, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #2

    Jails too good for Ashley.

  • Munster Mag

    Jul 31, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #3

    Would be very good news….but is this guy a foil for Cisse, or an out and out striker? Can anyone educate me a bit more?

  • Munster Mag

    Jul 31, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #4

    Not sure why people think NUFC are going to be good this season, even if we sign Gomis. We have a bunch of defenders who cant defend and a manager who still believes in Tiote and Guti. Unless last season was an aberration, we are in for a rough season. In my opinion :

    Mbiwa – Cant head , and is too small to work with Colo, who is a good player.
    Santon – Cant defend, and doesnt do much going forward in reality either.
    Debuchy – Beatiful crosser , slowish, likes to tackle, not a better defender than Simmo ( better all rounder though ) , doesnt concentrate all that well.

    Tiote looked like a pub player at times last year, with some shocking attitudes ( eg v Liverpool ) .

    We cant score from corners or off crosses from free kicks.

    I’m not convinced Pardew wants 4-3-3 , but if he does, will Gomis be the right foil for Cisse? Not sure….remy would though.

    Can he get the most out of Sissoko and Cabaye , and does he know where best to play them? Is Sissoko a DM ? Is Cabaye a DM ?

    WQill HBA finally deliver on his talent – I doubt it . He has had plenty of time, but isnt consistent, lacks vision, and i’m not sure Pardew knows what to do with him.

    TIote badly needs a good season. There’s no point Pardew calling him a warrior, if he leaves the field of battle like he did, entally, v Liverpool.

    Optimistic ? Nope…not unless we see new faces and a change of style from Pardew, and more respect for him from “the group” as he so painfully calls them.

  • Tommyy

    Jul 31, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    Comment #5

    Pretty sure we’ve pulled out due Gomis’ demands being extortionate.

  • Shadow_Shearer

    Jul 31, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #6

    I’m not 100% sure, but I think we want him in the number 10 role behind cisse than Sisoko was playin last season. Hold up the ball and bring others in2 play

  • raj of hailsley

    Jul 31, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #7

    You have pretty much singled out our best players as being not that good, what do you think of the second rate players ?

  • Uncertain Toon

    Aug 1, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #8


    Are Colo and Mbiwa not the same height at 6ft. I think Mbiwa is a top player, i’d rather have him in there that Taylor put it that way!
    As you say we might be a bit weak in certain areas, but that’s why it’s a team game ie. the midfielders need to provide decent cover if Debs or Santon bomb on. Holding the ball up top and retaining possession in midfield all takes pressure off Defenders. All down to the coaching mate, cos we know the technique is there.

  • raj of hailsley

    Aug 1, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    Comment #9

    I have seen people want Mbwia as LB because they don’t like Santon, this is why I think we should have two natural players challenging for each position and those who can cover simply as that,

  • evildick

    Aug 1, 2013 at 12:10 AM

    Comment #10

    luckily I haven’t been holding my breath for signings

  • bollance

    Aug 1, 2013 at 12:10 AM

    Comment #11

    Krul – £400k
    Debuchy – £6m
    MYM – £6m
    Colo – £10m
    Santon – £5m
    HBA – £5m
    Cabaye – £5m
    Tiote – £3.5m
    Sissoko – £3m
    Gouffran – £2m
    Cisse – £9m

    TOTAL £55m

    Bale £90+

  • Shadow_Shearer

    Aug 1, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    Comment #12

    Let’s not be negatives, we have a strong squad with quality in every position, just little short of depth. If we stay injury free, and if players like hba, tioti, coloccini can get back to there best, and if cisse can be on fire like when he first joined us, we will look a very good side. Top 10 finish will be easy

  • AmeriToon

    Aug 1, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    Comment #13

    Is anyone else not excited for signing gomis? He’s not fast, seems too similar to cisse, i wouldnt start him unless cisse is injured, would much prefer remy who has proven he can score in the epl

  • NoBigi

    Aug 1, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    Comment #14

    Has anyone seen this? El presidente cant keep his mouth shut on twitter again but seems like pretty good news! I really feel things are going to happen on the transfer front soon 🙂

  • JP...from The Rock

    Aug 1, 2013 at 12:40 AM

    Comment #15

    I thought Gomis was more interested in Marseille than us.

  • AmeriToon

    Aug 1, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    Comment #16

    According to the french media gomis does prefer marseille but they dont want to bid for him until they have sold gignac who is crap so no one wants him

  • cornishman

    Aug 1, 2013 at 6:22 AM

    Comment #17

    By the time we do get someone through the door we will have little or no time to bed them in. Then we start a new season trying to find a system to use the newcomers. Its all too familiar and very depressing. Surely the muppets had a short list and when plan A goes you move on to plan B…..conviction please. Although I seriously doubt they know the meaning of the word.
    Yours depressed

  • JaxtheMag

    Aug 1, 2013 at 6:52 AM

    Comment #18

    I cant see us scoreing enough goals to stay up.


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