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Newcastle Agree Fee And Terms For Bafetimbi Gomis

1:41 pm, Friday, August 2nd, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 262 Comments

News is coming in that Newcastle have now agreed a fee with Lyon for their 27 year-old striker Bafetimbi Gomis, so it looks like we are close to our first senior signing of the season, but the thing that is still holding things up is the fees to be paid to his agents, which have still not been agreed.

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Bafetimbi Gomis – fee agreed

The news is coming courtesy (again) of the French club’s president Jean-Michel Aulas, and Newcastle have agreed to pay £8.7M for the 27-year-old, who scored 20 goals for Lyon last season in 40 total appearances.

Aulas told French paper Le Journal du Dimanche this – which is also being reported in several other French media outlets:

“We agreed on Newcastle’s offer for an eight million euros transfer plus two million in bonuses. The club has come to accept the player’s salary claims.”

“The deal is now subject to an agreement over the agents fees,’ ‘I understand there’s a problem over the amount and the payment of the fees” “There are several people involved in the negotiations which often complicates things.”

“But I am hopeful that it will be settled within the next 24 or 48 hours.”

So we’ve agreed the fee with Lyon and agreed the terms with Gomis himself, which we had accomplished last weekend, so the only thing now is the agents’ fees.

Agents fees are becoming more of a problem in recent years, and it’s said that Newcastle paid Demba Ba’s agents £2M in fees for his free transfer two years ago – but we cannot believe this will hold things up for too much longer.

But it also looks like Newcastle have agreed to pay another €2M in bonuses for the player, which is essentially what Lyon were asking for last weekend, so Newcastle have decided to pay up and get the player, and we think that’s a good move by the club.

But €10M is still a lot of money to pay for a striker who would have been a free agent next summer, but in the grand scheme of things he’s still a good buy for Newcastle United.

But one caution – now that the fee is agreed another club could come in match the fee Lyon want and then offer Gomis a better deal than he’s got from Newcastle, which is how we lost Loic Remy in January.

But Newcastle must move very quickly now, and this could be completed very soon, and then we will need to pay out £6.8M for Loic Remy of QPR and then we’ll be all set for next season.

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262 responses so far ↓

  • 1 DokToon // Aug 2, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    gmorning ibiza,

    how is life in bikini optional land? ;p

  • 2 Big Foot // Aug 2, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    So, on Gomis, starting alongside Cisse or rotating with Gouffran depending on form?

  • 3 DokToon // Aug 2, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    oops first, like it really matters anyway lol

  • 4 MrMojoRisin76 // Aug 2, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    Allahu Akbar!!!

  • 5 Big Foot // Aug 2, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    That’s if he signs of course, we’ve been this close before and it’s went t’s up

  • 6 richyg01 // Aug 2, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    Bloody agents and their fees strike again.

  • 7 moneymay // Aug 2, 2013 at 1:44 PM


  • 8 Markaccus // Aug 2, 2013 at 1:45 PM


    To your comment on previous article…


  • 9 magicbus // Aug 2, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    Will Ashley pay what the agents are asking though?

  • 10 Offkey // Aug 2, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    Big foot – starting in a 4-4-2 I think will happen

  • 11 Rowan Milsted // Aug 2, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    Ha, I’ve just realised that wasn’t breaking news to most of you!

    Whilst it’s definitely good news does anyone else feel (apart from JackButler &mattyNUFC) that we’re paying a bit too much for him? I’m only going on transfermarkt and what people have said on the blog but I feel for a player with only 1 year left on his contract, unproven in the PL, that this is a few million euros to much..?

    Still, glad to be betting a striker in and ‘In Carr We Trust’ and all that.

  • 12 Klatoon // Aug 2, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    This should get the ball rolling, Remy in in quick succession!

  • 13 mattyNUFC // Aug 2, 2013 at 1:46 PM


    it’s quite clear

  • 14 Markaccus // Aug 2, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    Allahu akbar?????

    IT’S A TRAP!!

  • 15 Yohan Kebab // Aug 2, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    442, hba left sissoko wide right ?

  • 16 Jackel001 // Aug 2, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    @mohammedali_93: Gomis tells But!: “it’s been three weeks since I’ve agreed with #Newcastle. There are only a few details to sort out”

  • 17 richyg01 // Aug 2, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    £2M loan fee for Remy.

    We could have had Austin for £4M, bargain that like, old flappy chops wheeler dealing again.

  • 18 Yohan Kebab // Aug 2, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    i couldnt give a damn if we play 442 so long as we win

  • 19 Big Foot // Aug 2, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    Offkey, hope he links as well with Cisse as Bony did with Michu did last night, good striking partnerships mean lots of goals

  • 20 Bryan // Aug 2, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    Lets not sit on our laurels, get Remy in asap. Once they are on board concentrate on LW & CB. Regardless what AP thinks we still need strengthening in these areas. Defensively last season we were very poor, yet the same players are still going to occupy these positions. Umm not to sure!!

  • 21 Big Foot // Aug 2, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    Throw Remy into the mix and it becomes the fabled 4-3-3

  • 22 mattyNUFC // Aug 2, 2013 at 1:50 PM


    don’t get me wrong, i think Carr is a top scout

    but he also wanted douglas, said lallana would never be good enough for the PL, wanted luuk de jong who has proven a flop in germany (although I do think he is a decent player), pushed for gervinho who is pretty woeful, erding who i think it underrated but has his detractors amongst folks who’ve seen him play more than myself, and there have been others that i can’t pick off the top of my head.

    i do hope i’m wrong about gomis, but he’s just been mediocre at best each time i’ve seen him play

  • 23 Pokat // Aug 2, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    What a chew on this one has been, just like all the others! Is it just this club, or is it French clubs that make life awkward? Everyone else seems to be able to get their players ‘over the line’ in a pretty straightforward way.

  • 24 Markaccus // Aug 2, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    442 with hba advanced just behind the strikers. Somehow have to fit cabs and socks into that though.

    If we play 433 we can only use cisse and biffy one at a time (if we sign him that is)

  • 25 King Arfa // Aug 2, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    Allahu Akbar iv heard that a few times in my time!!

  • 26 mattyNUFC // Aug 2, 2013 at 1:51 PM


    i couldn’t give a damn as long as we’re entertained. we could lose 15 games a season and, so long as we survive and put on a show every time, i’m happy

    love watching swansea play. they don’t win all the time but boy it’s fun stuff to watch

  • 27 Yohan Kebab // Aug 2, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    apparently gomis has now decided he wants marseille!

  • 28 MrMojoRisin76 // Aug 2, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    Training camp?

  • 29 Klatoon // Aug 2, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    This Swansea fixation is bordering on voyeurism now. Lets focus on us please!

  • 30 King Arfa // Aug 2, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    Na not quite!

  • 31 Offkey // Aug 2, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    Big foot – dare I say they are going after Remy as well so we can change it up to a 4-3-3 in the second half of matches…….or is it the other way round.

    Rowan – Too expensive imo, but I dont really care as long as he (or his agents) cross the line

  • 32 Twatter // Aug 2, 2013 at 1:54 PM


    And yet he’s scored 10 goals or more consistently for the last seven seasons/

    Whatever his style of play, that’s not mediocre, my friend.

  • 33 Phatoon // Aug 2, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    Could do a 4-4-2 Diamond /Narrorw 4-3-3



  • 34 Big Foot // Aug 2, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    Offkey, best do the 4-3-3 in the first half, you know we only put a good first 45 in!

  • 35 Phatoon // Aug 2, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    Wow that looks different to the writing in the text box!

  • 36 alext109 // Aug 2, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    It is just a coincidence that the agents are wanting 2m and the loan fee that ‘Arry reported earlier today for Remy is also 2m?

    Just a one off thing or does this mean that Ashley would rather spend 2m for a permanent player in agent fees than for a loan deal that might turn sour?

  • 37 swisstone // Aug 2, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    Tell you what I would love – a Marveaux type signing, completely out the blue no messing.

    Not sure who is to blame but we dont half drag out these deals.

    And rowan – agree the fee appears high for one year on contract. Having said that, would only look at the transfer fee as the bonuses and agent fees would be paid even if a ‘free’ next season.

    But a case of needs must now i think!

  • 38 Rowan Milsted // Aug 2, 2013 at 1:57 PM


    I’ve only seen Douglas a few times but each time he has made mistakes and seems to get caught out; I’ve never really understood our interest in him either. And I totally agree on Gervinho too. I didn’t realise Carr said that about Lallana though- woops! Not quite as bad as ‘You’ll never win anything with kids…”

    I hope you’re wrong too, but for us to stump up that much cash we must have a fair bit of faith in him – unless this is how the Pardew/Carr/Kinnear relationship can backfire through a clash of opinions (Maybe Carr doesn’t rate him that much but Kinnear does, or something like that).

    How many times have you seen Gomis play?

  • 39 Offkey // Aug 2, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    Phatoon – hit enter after each line and dont continue to the next line using dots

  • 40 Markaccus // Aug 2, 2013 at 1:57 PM


    It is clear what you mean though.

    Thats what i had in mind, but fook knows what we will end up with.

  • 41 mattyNUFC // Aug 2, 2013 at 1:58 PM


    in the french league. it’s about on par with the championship, with some obviously better teams in the mix

    i mean, you have a point, i won’t take that away, but only time will prove what one of us feels is correct. i’ll be the first to say i was wrong, but on evidence, i don’t think i am right now

  • 42 toonarmydownsouth // Aug 2, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    Spot on mate, hopefully we will get ourselves in gear now and start seeing some movement, ideally I’d like remy , a young winger and a promising CB

    Peter reed monkey heed
    Going back a fair few years mate but used to live on talbot road the moved to whyteleaf for a bit

  • 43 ~Joke-innear~ // Aug 2, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    Enter JFK. Deal is off.

  • 44 check the toastie // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    Gomis wont sign, is all just one big f#ck up.

  • 45 Offkey // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    Peter Reed monkey Heed – I was born in st helier hospital in Carshalton

  • 46 Twatter // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:00 PM

  • 47 mattyNUFC // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:00 PM


    i saw him at euro 2008 the summer we were first linked. underwhelmed to say the least. the asking price then was 15mil!!

    i watched him a number of times since. there’s a scottish pub in budapest i’d always go to and the french league was on there quite often. i’d say honestly, i’ve probably seen 8-10 full matches

  • 48 mattyNUFC // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    oh, and rowan, i’ve only seen him score once in those matches too, from what i can remunerate :)

  • 49 Ibizatoon // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    Stupid internet….

    Right, where were we…

    Markaccus… :)

    Dok…All is fine and dandy over here, the temptation to find fun is starting to take its toll though. Nothing that a nice long winter of relaxing and nufcblog wont fix mind.

  • 50 Rowan Milsted // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:04 PM


    “We need someone now so we will have to pay slightly over the odds” doesn’t really seem like our style of thinking though. Unless we really have learned from past mistakes and have understood that you can’t always bleed the very best price out of every deal, whilst jeopardising the quality and depth of the squad, in which case I’m not giving the powers that be at NUFC credit where it’s due. Maybe we have finally realised that it’s worth an extra few quid to not risk another relegation battle. Maybe…

    It’s nice to see SkySports reporting that we have also confirmed the deal. Restores my faith that NUFC are organised enough to make official confirmations!

  • 51 Peter Reid Monkey Heed // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:04 PM


    Wow. I walk down that road a good few times a week to the local, Carshalton Cemetary is on that road. 0.7 miles away google says!

  • 52 Unbelievable Tekkers // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    MattyNUFC – You are either seriously overestimating the standard of the championship or seriously underestimating the quality of the French league. Theres no way league 1 is on par with the championship it is higher standard.

  • 53 toonarmydownsouth // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    SSN NUFC have confirmed fee agreed with Lyon

  • 54 Peter Reid Monkey Heed // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:05 PM


    Me and you both!

    Gone down the pan these last few years though, also home to St Helier Estate, the biggest council estate in europe last time i checked

  • 55 wayneo009 // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    Its a 4-5-1

    .HBA Remy

  • 56 Markaccus // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    Now now Ibiza

    Dont go being all internetist. They are not all stupid. Some of my best freinds are internets!

  • 57 MrMojoRisin76 // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    “Baffy gomis and Loic Remy,might be joining the toon,shortly,but i hope the deal don’t go tits up over agents fees”

  • 58 toonarmydownsouth // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    Peter Reed
    Small world mate! Like I said good few years ago though moved down in here in ’89 moved over to whyteleaf in 93-94 I think

  • 59 Bearsize // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    Yawn, wait until he is holding the top

  • 60 Offkey // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    PR HEED – I just remember the pilon that was next door to the car park – always wanted to climb it as a kid. Admittedly, we are talking some thirty odd years ago since I was born there.

  • 61 Roblar80 // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    Some guy on twitter reporting he’s at the training ground and there’s currently three players undergoing medicals. Anyone know more about this??

  • 62 Jail for Ashley // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    Because of past performance, I wouldn’t get to excited until he’s holding the shirt and Cisse is still in the team to play Villa on the 14th.

  • 63 MrMojoRisin76 // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    “My head is in a spin my feet don’t touch the ground,my jaw is on the floor Mike Ashley’s spent a pound”

  • 64 Klatoon // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    Markaccus LOL!

  • 65 00chambersl09 // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    Anyone know when he will
    Be I’m Newcastle for medical?

  • 66 Rowan Milsted // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:17 PM


    Hmm. That’s worrying. Well, as you say, time will tell and you’ll have no qualms in admitting it so here’s hoping that you’re 100%, categorically, undisputedly wrong (in the nicest possible way, of course!). Is he a strong, combative, hold-the-play-up kind of striker?

  • 67 Big Foot // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    Mojo, the quid will be his Metro fare from the Airport to Benton, no expense spared with Ash!

  • 68 toonarmydownsouth // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    Last time I went to carshalton was to do a job at st hiliers funnily enough, there’s like a pre school on the side of the hospital had a landscaping job there
    Have to admit was looking a bit worse for wear round the area…

  • 69 Sissoko7 // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    Is he muslim?

  • 70 Jail for Ashley // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    When his agents agree to pay us for signing him.

  • 71 Klatoon // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    No chambers, i dont know when he’ll be YOU newcastle for a medical :)

  • 72 toonarmydownsouth // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    Nout personal but I really hope your wrong or sh1te judge of player!!! ;)

  • 73 Peter Reid Monkey Heed // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:21 PM


    Funny old world, good to know that other toon fans have lived down here!

    Funny old story, my old man was born in Heaton and moved down here many years ago. Re-decorating the back room about 6 months ago and underneath the wallpaper that had been in place for a good number of years written in paint was “Newcastle United FC – 95/96 Premier League Champions”.

    Jumped the gun a bit i think when put that up!

  • 74 Markaccus // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    Having to pay extra fees to agents, is too good for ashley.

  • 75 Jail for Ashley // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    If this guy is an out and out CF wher would Cisse fit into a 4-3-3 unless Remy signs and the two will be rotated, really can’t see that.

  • 76 Magpie from Lithuania // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    Great NEWS!
    4-2-1-2 IMO, wingback giving the width.





    there are a lot of posibilities of formations, and we have players like Anita, Tiote, Goufran, Vuckic, Marveaux, wich will be able to cover or just for rotation.

    I think we have a very strong midfield, but our wings are poor, so i think this formation is naturally good for our squad. A HUGE copetition for places will be only good factor for the club and result will come.
    What do u think?

  • 77 00chambersl09 // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    Alright just out or curiosity who would everyone prefere gomis or bent?

  • 78 Big Foot // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    Nice to have the striking options for a change though Jail, at the mo the much malined Shola is our only option

  • 79 LooneyToon41 // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    @66 Rowan. Someone posted a youtube link on the last thread Re :Gomis.

    Worth a watch just to get a flavour of how he plays.

  • 80 check the toastie // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    Wonder if Cisse is going to play Cisse Right Wing again, helping the full back out. Oh my god i can see it coming, would sooner sign some pace on the wings than a CF, Pardew will only come up with some new way to put square pegs in round holes.

  • 81 Magpie from Lithuania // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    my bad.. edited.

    Great NEWS!
    4-2-1-2 IMO, wingback giving the width.





    there are a lot of posibilities of formations, and we have players like Anita, Tiote, Goufran, Vuckic, Marveaux, wich will be able to cover or just for rotation.

    I think we have a very strong midfield, but our wings are poor, so i think this formation is naturally good for our squad. A HUGE copetition for places will be only good factor for the club and result will come.
    What do u think?

  • 82 sweendog // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    worth the extra incentives .. glad with nearly got him .. now to get Remy .. should be easy
    2 mill loan which comes off the fee to buy next year .. if things go well

  • 83 JackButler // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    Reports have ‘Arry and Fernandez setting up their Xbox with a brand new copy of FIFA in preparation of Gomis arrival

  • 84 Magpie from Lithuania // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:26 PM







  • 85 Markaccus // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:26 PM


    You are short one player! It is hard enough with 11 men never mind 10 :p

  • 86 stopper // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    This is off topic I know but this is a question for the historians out there.
    What was the team set up / formation when we played two main strikers oh Shearer and Les Ferdinand …. Mainly what position bit Pedro play in the team and how was the midfield formation.
    It’s so long ago now things are a little fuzzy.

  • 87 Offkey // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    TDS – Its sad, but hey-ho, I live up north now. ;)

  • 88 richyg01 // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    SSN say Newcastle have now also confirmed that the agreement has been reached

  • 89 Rainrix // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    Pardew has said many times in the build up to this season he plans on playing 2 strikers. I’d rule out 4-3-3 right now.

  • 90 nufc7lad // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    Debuchy MYM Colo Santon

    Cabaye Sissoko

    Gomis Cisse

  • 91 Jail for Ashley // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    Arent Gomis and Ba similar players or can this fella play out wide ?

  • 92 sweendog // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    stopper .. 4-4-2 .. but everyone called it the christmas tree from what I remember ..

    ginola on the wing ..ruel fox/gillespie on the other .. beardo feeding the strikers in the middle with batty holding .. them where the days..

  • 93 JackButler // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:29 PM


    It was


    ————-Sir Les—————Shearer

  • 94 Shadow_Shearer // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    Imo we are paying over the odds for gomis considering he’s on the last year of this contract. But it will be worth paying the extra has it will give the whole team a boost.
    2nd, imo I believe our scouting network was more impressed with his general hold up play and skills rather than his goal scoring record. It brings others into play and someone 2 partner Cisse. Also if Cisse is not available Gomis will be playin upfront alone

  • 95 sweendog // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    JackButler .. yep lee before batty .. batty arrived when Lee was getting on in years ..

  • 96 Sir Braveheart // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    Hmm…so, Ashley capitulaed and paid the extra money Lyon were wanting?

    So he decided on this occasion not to penny pinch and open his wallet for the good of the club by the sounds of it.

    How much goodwill does that buy him with you guys/gals? Positive step? Should have done it sooner? Doesn’t matter what he does I’ll never give him credit?

  • 97 LooneyToon41 // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    @84 Marcaccus. That’s it!!! The real reason we nearly got relegated last season. Not investment or tactics, but that we played a 4-2-1-2 formation with 10 men! ;-)

    @83 Magpie. Looks a good team on paper! ;-)

  • 98 Offkey // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    JFA – Loonytoon at 78 – posted a clip of his style – no way a winger – target man that drops deep.

  • 99 sweendog // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    stopper I think it was called christmas tree/diamond as the defenders pushed up to midfield to Attack Attack Attack :-) .. but essentially 4-4-2

  • 100 Sir Erec // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    Anyone feel like we might have overpaid for Gomis a tiny bit?

    Then again it can also be said if you pay peanuts you get monkeys so I guess you have to keep both sides in perspective…

  • 101 ~Joke-innear~ // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    So, whats the reason for this deal breaking down at some point?

    JFK geting his name wrong and calling him Obafembi Gomez or JFK offering him a contract nothing short of Insulting.

  • 102 ~Joke-innear~ // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    @Sir Erec

    I guess JFK must be working for free, cause we sure as hell didn’t get a monkey…

    A monkey would have been far more productive.

  • 103 LooneyToon41 // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    @95. Sir Braveheart. You missed out the ‘I think we’ve paid over the odds for him’ …….. see @93 You can’t win ;-)
    Ferguson paid £24m for RVP with 12months on his contract….
    I think it’s impossible to value Gomis, unless you’ve seen him play regularly. Would be interesting to read what the Lyon fans think about him.

  • 104 00chambersl09 // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    Jail…. I think gomis is an out an out striker in the mould of bony big and strong but lacks pace so don’t think he can play on the wing I could be wrong though mate as I’ve not seen him play that much to be honest just a couple of champions league games

  • 105 stopper // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    Thanks for those replies gents but where did David Batty fit into the team or did he join the squat after Ferdinand left ?

  • 106 sweendog // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    can’t believe people knocking Gomis .. theres no doubt he’s a better hold up striker than what we have so its an improvement .. and also importantly I reckon .. if we have frances midfield maestro ~(cabaye) feeding a wanna be french attacker .. he’ll be out to prove a point and could be one of the signings of the summer.

  • 107 sweendog // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    stopper .. he replaced Lee and was still there when ferdinand was there .. lets not forget though Asprilla in the front 3 :-)

  • 108 Sir Erec // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:39 PM


    Funny and sadly true!

  • 109 sweendog // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    Check out youtube for the Barca Asprillia game .. still gives me goose bumps .. with Gillespie on fire

  • 110 Shadow_Shearer // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    Here’s how I can see AP setting out the team in one of his 4-2-3-1

    Debs – colo – mbia – santon
    Cabs/anita – sisoko/tioti
    Hba – gomis – guti/merv

    There’s plenty of others players that should get games. vuckic should be gettin more game, same as bigi, hairara, goofy, and plenty others. Haven’t even mentioned staylor or cambell yet, so I believe 1 signing will give us enough of a boost 2 have a quality team. Just need another lw and we’re set

  • 111 Jail for Ashley // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    Even if he signs Remy as well he can sell up tomorrow for me, people will accuse me of shifting the goalposts but the January signings should have been last summer, well at least three of them and Gomis should have been signed in January, bringing JfK back shifted the goalposts do far apart I don’t ever think we’ll see me changing my moniker.

  • 112 check the toastie // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    Stopper – the actual midfield in our best ever year was.

    Gillespie – Lee- Batty – Ginola
    Beardsley Ferdinand

    Then Asprilla came along and Pedro was pushed out wide. The following year when we stuffed the 5nil see below.

    People putting Pedro Centre Midfield are showing their ignorance unfortunately.

  • 113 Offkey // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    Sweendog – The reason our players cant cross like Gillespie is because they dont fall over when they do it

  • 114 Twatter // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    Got to be smoking something to think that Championship is on a par with Ligue 1. Honestly. Players like Eden Hazard would’ve scored way more goals than that if they were playing in Championship-level games.

    The better teams in the Championship could compete just about in the mid-table of Eredivisie, but I think they’d struggle in Ligue 1.

  • 115 Jail for Ashley // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    Does that mean we’ll see Cisse out on the right again or will he try and utilise them both as CFs.

  • 116 HelloBelloNUFC // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    Yes-yes-yes! At last…. Yes! :D

    There’s more:

  • 117 sweendog // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    check the toastie .. yep agreed he was pushed out wide sometimes but that was later on .. ie when Asprillia arrived .. ie near the end of Keegans reign..

  • 118 Big Foot // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    Stopper/Sweendog, Batty didn’t replace Lee, Lee played for us until 2002 if memory serves right, Batty left a few years before that. Cracking team though

  • 119 Twatter // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    While we’re there, let’s have a reminder of this goal, shall we?

  • 120 Transfer Sage // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    Nothing wrong with the fee. RVP was 24mil with a year left…much better but much higher fee.

    As a fan it costs me anywhere between 27-42 for a ticket in the north east corner depending on who we play…it’s a bloody rip off so I don’t care how much we spend as long as we get in the players we need.

  • 121 sweendog // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    Offkey .. :-)

  • 122 LooneyToon41 // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    Just a note on Gomis from local French media.
    His preferred choice has always been Marseille, as they are in the Champions League, but with Gignac he knows his playing time will be limited.
    Still happy to join NUFC though.

    Source :-

  • 123 irish_mag // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    Hi all, I never really comment on the blog, but I visit and re-visit each article countless numbers of times a day! I live in Ireland and have never made it to Newcastle for a game, so I’m planning on bringing my Dad to see the Norwich game in November for his birthday (and as a wee present for myself!). Does anyone have any suggestions for places to stay that would be handy for St. James Part etc?

  • 124 WWYCD // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    Imo if Gomis signs he will play behind Cisse in a 4231 and Sissoko will drop back to CM as box to box against teams we should be beating and against stronger teams Tiote will come in for one of the strikers and protect the back line

  • 125 Tinman // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    Bringing in more players means more options, if people are coming up with numerous different starting XI’s then it just means we are finally getting some sort of depth… Finally.

    He’s not in yet though.

    Who is going to say it first? Well done MA for playing hardball ;)

  • 126 sweendog // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    Big Foot .. yep I thought I was a bit fuzzy on that .. should have googled it to be sure .. just going off memory :-)

  • 127 Pegswood Mag // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    Praying this deal goes though now, he is the perfect partner for Cisse. Gomis has the power and strength Cisse needs next to him, and Gomis has an excellent goal scoring record. Just what we need.

  • 128 00chambersl09 // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    Jail…. I dread to think but hopefully pardew learnt from playing cisse out wide and plays him as a striker I think gomis and cisse could work well in a 442 with Ben arfa on the right and gut…. Well yeah with Ben arfa on the right

  • 129 sweendog // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    was Lee replaced by Speed then?

  • 130 Offkey // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    Hellobello – I dont understand that article even after it was translated by google – what more are you alluding to

  • 131 Big Foot // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    Depends on your budget irish mag, the Sandman is right next to St James’s, has a great bar (sharkbar), it’s quite plush though. There’s a Jury’s inn just down St James’ Boulevard which will be a lot cheaper

  • 132 Big Foot // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    Not a direct replacement sweendog, I think he came a little after Lee, Lee’s days were numbered under Gullit with his ‘sexy football’, he stripped Lee of his number 7 shirt and gave him 37, arse. Correct me if i’m wrong chaps it was a while ago!

  • 133 Markaccus // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    Big foot

    You remember it spot on mate. You are 100% correct….. Gullit was an arse.

  • 134 Big Foot // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    Markaccus, haha. Can you remember the tale about Duncan Ferguson knocking his door off the hinges demanding to know why he got dropped?

    That horrible raining day against the unwashed where he benched Shearer and Ferguson, that was his undoing. Proper arse

  • 135 00chambersl09 // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    Big foot.. Speed was signed after lee left I think I no it was daglish who signed him

  • 136 toonarmydownsouth // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    Irish mag
    Normally stay with family when I go up but went to the Benfica game and stayed in the travelodge in Gateshead, nout glamorous but was £20 notes for a room with 2 singles and was a £5 for a taxi to SJP

  • 137 Sir Erec // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    Big Foot,

    You are right. Dyer took 7. Later on with Sir Bobby though, Dyer took 8 and gave Lee his number 7 back

  • 138 Jail for Ashley // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    I really hope Remy comes and then we have an option of that 4 3 3 but whether Mikey will allow 8/9M pound strikers play in a rotation is another matter.

  • 139 jimmysmith // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    This Cnut better be good, or Ash won’t open his wallet again in a month a Sundays!

  • 140 Rowan Milsted // Aug 2, 2013 at 3:00 PM


    Cheers for that.

    It seems he has great strength, work rate and physicality to his game. He can play with his back to goal and loves a little pass-and-move (and how we need that). Someone mentioned earlier that he is not being signed to score tons of goals but to score a few and create many. I can certainly see merit in that. Still, as I’m only judging him by stats, a youtube vid and people’s somewhat mixed opinions I will have to see for myself (assuming he signs, which I’m pretty sure he will). It’s nice to see a prospective striker who has power and presence though.

  • 141 ArtyH // Aug 2, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    Hopefully that’s it settled but I wont believe it until he’s here holding the shirt in front of his chest. Now for Remy and a winger to complete the team and cement a top ten finish. Ince from Blackpool would do for me. Then pay Harry £2m for Remy with the condition of another £5m next year if we want him and he is proved innocent. Just MHO but those players added to the squad would surely pay for themselves when we finish in the top ten as the T.V money etc would cover their cost. That’s what a few forward thinking clubs have done, and its a hedge against the unthinkable side of relegation.

  • 142 toonarmydownsouth // Aug 2, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    Big foot
    The day he dropped shearer for the derby was the day he wrote his own P45!!

  • 143 00chambersl09 // Aug 2, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    I think it was didi haman who replaced lee in the starting line up… Great player shame he was only at us a short while

  • 144 Tinman // Aug 2, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    Pretty much anywhere in Newcastle is convenient for St James Park. Its right in the centre of the city with a metro station right outside it.

  • 145 sweendog // Aug 2, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    00chambersl09 .. hamman was bought by that turkey Daglish .. scored a cracker in a friendly for us and was shipped off to Liverpool the following year .. thats about all I remember about him ..

  • 146 00chambersl09 // Aug 2, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    Jail… I just think pardew needs to learn how to rotate his team more he only seems to change things when he gets injury s to curtain players even if things are going wrong .. Remy would give our team a new dimention unfortunately don’t think Ashley would sanction 2million on a loan but 2 million upfront and bother 6 later could be a good deal

  • 147 Yohan Kebab // Aug 2, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    we thought cisse, was bad this is gonna be fun

    Bafétimbi Gomis: Only A.Di Natale (70) was caught offside more times in Europe’s top 5 leagues last season than Gomis (62)” #OL

  • 148 dembademba // Aug 2, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    I am excited about this signing. I have known about Gomis for years and, like many of you, I haven’t been to impressed when I have seen him live. He clearly has struggled with consistency but we’re buying a player with many talents who is ‘in the prime of his career’ and will be playing in a league most suited to his style.

    His main attributes seem to be power and touch, we all know cisse can hold the ball up but he doesn’t do it well enough. with gomis and cisse together, gomis will dominate the area between the half way line and 25 yards from goal leaving cisse to be the predator which he excels at. gomis dropping balls off to cabaye, ben arfa, sissoko, marveux with cisse looking for that yard of space is something to be excited about.

    He wants to come to us, he will want to do well and start every game but to do that he will have to perform. I think he will be a success.

    I don’t think we need loads of signings, a striker and a left winger is all i thought we needed, considering there is only domestic competitions to focus on. Maybe 2 strikers and a left winger. we’ve got money, wouldn’t be surprised if we wait until the last days to steal a few unexpected signings.

  • 149 Markaccus // Aug 2, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    I see wenger has said “if you give me names bettwr than the players i have got, then we can talk about it”. We could just list the chelsea squad as an example….

  • 150 count // Aug 2, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    I thought batty replaced Lee Clark?

  • 151 JackButler // Aug 2, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    Yohan Kebab

    Any striker is gonna struggle to stay onside with us as our midfield is soooooooooo slow at releasing the ball

  • 152 nut meg // Aug 2, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    We could do with a Peter Beardsley type now.A brilliant footballer who had just about everything.You can’t tie that kind of player down.He took just as much pleasure from creating goals as he did from scoring them.What a talent!

  • 153 Transfer Sage // Aug 2, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    I also couldn’t care less where gomis wanted to go…he could want to go to Sunderland for all I care as long as he puts 100% in with us that’s fine by me.

  • 154 Yohan Kebab // Aug 2, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    we should have gone in for michel bastos aswell signed for some arab club for like 3 mill!

  • 155 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Aug 2, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    If agents are blocking the deal – what the F••k it got to do with them. The two clubs agree a deal and the player – then I thought it was the player being transfered that pays the agent.

  • 156 Offkey // Aug 2, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    Kebab – before Cisse joined he was top of Offsides in the top five leagues (at Freiburg) – they knew what they were getting when they bought him.

  • 157 richyg01 // Aug 2, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    According to this report, we tried for Benteke…

  • 158 Rowan Milsted // Aug 2, 2013 at 3:12 PM


    You’re on form today mate! Nice to have a giggle on here for a change.


    I was thinking the same re Gomis allowing Cisse to play the predator whilst bringing Cabaye, Sissoko et al. into the attack from midfield. that’s a real prospect. I’ve just realised that I’m talking like it’s a done deal… time to shut up methinks.

  • 159 Big Pappa Cissé // Aug 2, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    Halleluiah praise the sweet Lord a signing . And I’m not even Religious :) . I reckon this will be the best team to play if we don’t bring in Remy as well :






    Bench: Elliot,Haidara,Taylor,Tiote,Guttierrez,Marveaux,

    I think Gomis will suit the physicality of the Premier League, reminds me of Lukaku

  • 160 00chambersl09 // Aug 2, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    I remember he was my favorate player hamman remember getting his name put on the back of my Newcastle shirt then been sold a week later it’s fair to say I wasn’t best pleased

  • 161 Transfer Sage // Aug 2, 2013 at 3:14 PM


    Not sure how all that works myself with agents. Suppose depends what is written into each players contract with them.

    Wish they’d just deal with it though. Never heard of another club delay a deal for an agents fee.

  • 162 Offkey // Aug 2, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    Kebab – actually might have been second – I stated this when he joined but can only find this link to a potentially wrong twitter account

  • 163 irish_mag // Aug 2, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    Cheers toonarmydownsouth and Tinman

    I’ll check have a look so and see what I come up with! Hopefully I’ll get something easier than and a wee bit quicker than our striker search!

  • 164 nut meg // Aug 2, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    JB @ 149
    I agree with that 100%.

  • 165 Ben3arfa // Aug 2, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    Im pretty sure we plaid a similar 2M loan fee when we first got Ben Arfa right?

  • 166 jonobbad // Aug 2, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    Transfer Sage @159

    I under your frustration but the same thing happened with soldado and spurs a couple of days ago.
    At least its a step in the right direction.

  • 167 usmagpie // Aug 2, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    Sorry but until I see this Kid in our Shirt I don’t care, this has happened to often for Newcastle. So as far as I’m concerned right now we don’t have him in our squad. Sorry to put this in perspective but honestly do you blame me and all Newcastle United fans.

  • 168 Magpies-till-d3ath // Aug 2, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    This guy is over-rated. Everytime I see him in the CL, he either does f all, or does a lot wrong. Can have games where he plays like a man possessed(Kenwyne Jones) but can also have games where he couldn’t hit water if he feel out of a boat. Remy is much, much better and would enable us to play 4-3-3. Gouffran and Remy supporting Cisse with Ben Arfa behind them would just be insane. With Gomis, we’ll probably play 4-4-2. F sake!

  • 169 Bearsize // Aug 2, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    I am just waiting for ‘agents wanted to much’ deal off. Heres heskey! Lol

  • 170 Thump // Aug 2, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    This has “Modric” written all over it.

  • 171 Big Foot // Aug 2, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    And then along came Silvio Maric…..

  • 172 swisstone // Aug 2, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    Sorry if old news but apparently rumour is JFK on verge of the sack!

  • 173 John Tudor // Aug 2, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    jfk on the verge of the sack
    how can this be

  • 174 Tinman // Aug 2, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    irish_toon, not a problem mate. Good luck, hope you get it sorted and hope you prove to be the lucky charm on that day ha!

  • 175 Novocastrian66 // Aug 2, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    Swisstone; stop building our hopes up man.

  • 176 gazzaforever // Aug 2, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    Just some facts as a ligue 1 follower :
    Gomis is slow
    He misses sitters all the time
    Lyon s supporters dont give a dam about him leaving the club.
    He wants to join Marseille.
    Yes he has a good ratio but still, I think Remy is way above.

  • 177 Jail for Ashley // Aug 2, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    Which doctor is going to supervise his medical ,the one that passed free signing Demba Ba’s dodgy knee or the one that failed £ 7M Modibo Maiga’s healthy knee ?

  • 178 HullMag6 // Aug 2, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    Is someone near benton? Rumoured 3 medicals, who slipped under the radar?

    As for Carr – Douglas was on a list – near the bottom he only came to the fore because deadly dekka spotted a bargain instead or quality. Lallana shows he’s human, time will tell on his recommendations.

  • 179 Rowan Milsted // Aug 2, 2013 at 3:34 PM


    What!? Not to me it isn’t! Source?

  • 180 John Tudor // Aug 2, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    torq ?

  • 181 Jail for Ashley // Aug 2, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    Wheres this coming from ?

  • 182 lincolnmag // Aug 2, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    A couple of suggestions assuming you are flying into & out of N’castle.
    Across the road from the airport is a Premier Inn.Down the road is a pub/restaurant/b&b called the Wheatsheaf (which I think is also a Premier Inn) .Does meals (fairly cheap) & decent beer.
    These two are next to Metro (think London Underground but better) as is St.J.P. = easy travel for your stay and the match.

  • 183 John Tudor // Aug 2, 2013 at 3:36 PM


  • 184 swisstone // Aug 2, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    Admittedly source is twitter but apparently gross misconduct – turned up to transfer meeting mortal and same for meeting with bent reps which is why they walked out the meeting

  • 185 toon kk // Aug 2, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    I heard JfK was getting a pay rise for all the hard work he is doing in the transfer window.

  • 186 John Tudor // Aug 2, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    probs his inability to remove pardew

  • 187 Big Foot // Aug 2, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    Swisstone, I heard exactly the same rumour of JFK being drunk at the meeting a couple of days ago, chinese whispers or truth?

  • 188 John Tudor // Aug 2, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    or the ruskies are coming

  • 189 Rainrix // Aug 2, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    Its jobs for the boys! He wont be sacked.

  • 190 Markaccus // Aug 2, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    News to me too!?
    A signing and jfk sacked. Surely we cant be that lucky

  • 191 John Tudor // Aug 2, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    Gityer Kittoff and Notduneuff

  • 192 swisstone // Aug 2, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    Apparently he turned up to the transfer meeting then rang pardew the next day to ask when it was – couldnt even remember being there

  • 193 Markaccus // Aug 2, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    Well if jfk has to sling his hook, ash will have to step in like in january. At least he knows how to conduct a business meeting.

  • 194 Big Foot // Aug 2, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    Maybe Pardew slipped him something stronger in his tea

  • 195 swisstone // Aug 2, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    I’m merely relaying what i was told so no idea if any truth

    Sounds feasible, until….

    Apparently in a sober transfer meeting he had an expletive tirade about foreign players, and stated we should go for carlton cole who scored 17 goals last season

    Loses a bit of credibillity there, surely even joe wouldnt be that wrong. Would he???

  • 196 lukes26 // Aug 2, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    My guess is that Gomis will be a rich man’s Ameobi.

    When he’s not scoring goals, the average fan will complain about how he shouldnt be playing.

    The add on value for players like Gomis or Ameobi is their hold-up play.

    I dont think he’ll start alongside Cisse, I dont thnk they compliment each other. My guess is Gomis will be brought on for the final 20 minutes of games/ Plan B type player.

  • 197 John Tudor // Aug 2, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    blindfold kinnear
    drop @ stad de shite
    tell him we play there
    and ashleys changed the strips

  • 198 toon kk // Aug 2, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    JfK is great for the club a shrewd business man, gets all the deals sorted at the best possible price for the club and can get any target he wants.
    Well at least MA Thinks so.

  • 199 Markaccus // Aug 2, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    So Gomis set to join & Remy to follow afterwards. Everyone happy? #NUFC#JoekinnearsBlack&WhiteArmy3:17pm - 2 Aug 13

    And the best reply…
    @cwarr07 fcuk off colin

    From someone called dean. Thought it deserved a mention

  • 200 nut meg // Aug 2, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    So many different opinions of this guy i’ll wait & see for myself.

  • 201 Rowan Milsted // Aug 2, 2013 at 3:50 PM


    Actually mate, I can imagine all that being true. Conversely, people just love to make up stories concerning NUFC. I hate to keep saying ‘time will tell’… but… erm… it kinda will. Thanks for sharing the rumour anyway. Food for thought.


    Ha, imagine Remy and Gomis in, Cabaye staying, JK sacked…. that’ll be the best summer on record. All that wuill remain will be a cure for cancer and real life Jurassic Park (minus the disaster) and life will be sweet!

  • 202 Big Foot // Aug 2, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    Just another day on the roller coaster that is NUFC, i’m so glad I don’t follow an easy go lucky team, life would be positively dull

  • 203 Markaccus // Aug 2, 2013 at 3:53 PM


    And beer. Dont forget beer.

  • 204 John Tudor // Aug 2, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    rowan you forgot pardew replaced with a tactician

  • 205 numba9 // Aug 2, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    Chamber think ya wrong mate Lee played in same team as speed for years and it was Jenas that eventually.took over from lee in Bobbys reign

  • 206 Rowan Milsted // Aug 2, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    OK. Gus Hiddink taking over the managerial role. Ashley selling the club to mega-rich but financially and ethically responsible Arabs (or something). Beer. Lots of beer. George Lucas to admit the new Star Wars films are an abomination and to remake them. Kinnear to be shackled to a rocket and launched at the center of the sun.

  • 207 sweendog // Aug 2, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    HullMag6 .. that would tie in for Remy, Gomis and Zoet .. but all rumours ..

  • 208 Shiremagpies // Aug 2, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    @rowan 202…. if only Carlsberg did Newcastle united eh…

  • 209 Indian Magpie // Aug 2, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    So they meant this friday

  • 210 LeToonARMY // Aug 2, 2013 at 4:03 PM



  • 211 Rowan Milsted // Aug 2, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    Ha ha could have a lot of fun with this but gotta go.

  • 212 Yohancabaye4 // Aug 2, 2013 at 4:07 PM

  • 213 Markaccus // Aug 2, 2013 at 4:11 PM


    Better. Much better. Although as a syar wars fan, i would say this

    Phantom menace to be remade utterly. Not aimed at too young an audience this time… with no jar jar! Keep the excellent fight sequence at the end though.

    Attack of the clones. Re do the same but replace some actors with better ones. Hayden christiensen or whatever is a better actor now than he was then so he should be ok.

    Revenge of the sith. I actually enjoyed this film. It was more like empire in that it was darker, and aimed at older people. And like i say HC had learned to act by then. Easily the best of the prequels.

  • 214 wolfshead@toon // Aug 2, 2013 at 4:14 PM


    i would never have had you pegged as a star wars geek haha :-)

  • 215 toon kk // Aug 2, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    I hope CABAYE has e better season than last. I thought he under achieved for the football he is capable of. Maybe the whole squad did. I put it down to our fitness levels weren’t upto scratch.
    I think we’ll do ok with another signing or two.

  • 216 ~Joke-innear~ // Aug 2, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    Would welcome the chance to see a star wars fight with Darth Maul using todays cinematic technology. His dual light sabers was always a favorite.

    He must be getting tired of his job at the WWE,

  • 217 Markaccus // Aug 2, 2013 at 4:16 PM


    I am totaly a starwars nerd! Have even read some of the books set afterwards. “I, Jedi” is a canny one.

  • 218 Markaccus // Aug 2, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    Bloody hell, Joke.

    Old Mauly has let him self go a bit, judging by that pic!

  • 219 richyg01 // Aug 2, 2013 at 4:18 PM


    Did they underachieve last season or overachieve the season before???

  • 220 Rainrix // Aug 2, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    I never really got darth maul. Who is he? Where did he come from? Is that paint or his actual skin? Why did he not kill obi-wan when he had a massive 60 second gap to finish him off? Is he actually mentally deficient? Alas we shall never know.

  • 221 John Tudor // Aug 2, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    who gives a ……
    wrong blog

  • 222 kevymartins // Aug 2, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    I am the punishment of God…If you had not committed great sins, God would not have sent a punishment like me upon you.

  • 223 John Tudor // Aug 2, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    book of eli

  • 224 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 2, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    I don’t think we’ve over paid for Gomis, regardless where you go looking, you cannot get a decent striker on the cheap. Unless you’re Manchester United and you’re signing Hernandez for less than 10m.

    Point being is that while I have my reservations about the signing, and how good he can actually be for us, I suppose the fact that we opened up the chequebook (after the guts of a month of wrangling) is positive.

    I don’t want to constantly be moaning, so long as this is just a belated start to transfer proceedings and not the only work we do this window.

  • 225 swisstone // Aug 2, 2013 at 4:27 PM


    Confidence mate, makes all the difference. Dont think its so much a case of over or under achieve.

    Look at routledge, looks a very good footballer for swansea, pretty poor for us.

    Likewise carroll at liverpool, list as long as your arm.

    Cabaye admitted himself he was depressed. Heed that did it last season, nowt else

  • 226 paul24 // Aug 2, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    I’ll believe it when he’s in a Newcastle shirt.

  • 227 IITianToon // Aug 2, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    Still waiting for the shirt in hand pic :)

    Now that Ameobi version 2.0 2013 version is now in Pardew’s arsenal.. I am more than sure we will play 4-4-2 in most games.. except away games at the top4 .. where we will play 4-5-1 with 3 DMs :)

  • 228 toonarmydownsouth // Aug 2, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    Okay seen gomis a few times in the CL but couldn’t really remember him,
    So I’ve just watched all these posted you tube videos and have come up with one question…..

    Why didn’t we sign Alexandre Lacazette!!!! ;)

  • 229 PennStateToon // Aug 2, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    On the subject of if we are over paying for him I think alot of people are confusing his value and his worth. His value in the market might not be what we payed for him (his value is probably lower,almost certainly considering performance and remaining contract), but considering we have anywhere between 1 and 3 recognized strikers (depending on who you ask) he is certainly worth more to us than he is to other clubs, which is why we probably paid a little over the odds. Bottom line is we need at least a striker and hopefully we get him in

  • 230 toon kk // Aug 2, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    I reckon Gouffran and Remy would work well together up front, they both have pace.

  • 231 wolfshead@toon // Aug 2, 2013 at 4:38 PM


    pardew is lined up to take over from wenger?! ;-)

  • 232 Markaccus // Aug 2, 2013 at 4:39 PM


    That. Well put.

    We have one out and out cf. We have a few second strikers. Goofy, hba, marv.
    Then we have shola, who is only a striker 4 times a season. We are crying out for a striker.

  • 233 LooneyToon41 // Aug 2, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    According to le10sport in France, NUFC and QPR have agreed a loan deal for Loic Remy.

  • 234 LooneyToon41 // Aug 2, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    Translation @229 link :-
    “QPR and Newcastle are well agreed on the terms of a loan with option to purchase Loïc Rémy. But the deal is not yet finalized.Contrary to what was able to declare the manager of QPR Harry Redknapp press conference this week (“I don’t think that Remy will leave on loan. I do really not see the usefulness. I do not see why we would have paid him 10, €5M to lend it in the aftermath. If he has to leave, the club will pay the price. It has a call provision and we want to recover our investment if we sell”), QPR and Newcastle are well agreed on the terms of a loan with option to purchase Loïc Rémy. If initially it was question between the two clubs to transfer around EUR 11 million, the amount of the withholding clause from French striker, the agreement has been finalised on the basis of a loan.”

  • 235 bills-son // Aug 2, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    Here we go again…

    Gomis being compared to Ameobi.

    Plenty, and I mean PLENTY, of fans on here were calling Ba another version of Ameobi when we signed him and after his first 3/4 games when he was settling in.

    Of course, they were all wrong.

    From what I’ve seen of Gomis he is exactly the type of forward we need. He can play the target man role, he’s quick and runs the channels and he lays it off well. Just the type of partner Cisse needs.

    Hopefully, next up Remy.

  • 236 Ben3arfa // Aug 2, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    I think we would be a much better team if Obertan wasnt so poo. Or if we had decent wingplay to compliment the potential of our midfielders and strikers

  • 237 paul24 // Aug 2, 2013 at 4:58 PM


    I’m not sure why anybody would compare him with Shola. Gomis is a decent striker who could contribute to the team. Shola should be shipped off to Guantanamo Bay for crimes against football.

  • 238 Mister Tuff // Aug 2, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    If its true we have Gomis and Remy is just about there -thank God for that. We would have struggled this coming season to find the net. Hopefully Gomis will provide for Cisse.
    Next we need a commanding CB – contrary to what some think our defence was rubbish. Whilst a couple of decent forwards who can play a bit will in itself relieve pressure on the midfield and the defence -we still need a good CB who can shout orders out/marshall the players as quite frankly it is not been done sufficiently well. Then hopefully as the season progresses those missing pieces in the jigsaw can be identified in the run up to the January window.

  • 239 SupaToonKid // Aug 2, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    @GFN_France: Alexandre Higounet believes that QPR and Newcastle have set a €11m buy out clause in a one year loan deal for Loic Remy. Not done yet though

  • 240 The Arizona Geordie Pizzicato // Aug 2, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    So we have 2 more medicals happening according to someone…?

  • 241 pawl250 // Aug 2, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    Our best formation for Gomis to be incorporated would still be 4-2-3-1. Otherwise its the bench.

    ——————– Krul ——————-
    Debuchy — Mbiwa – Coloccini – Santon
    ————- Cabaye – Sissoko ————
    Ben Arfa ——- Gomis ———– Remy
    ——————- Cisse ——————–

    He is excellent at holding the ball, yet him in number 10 role offers no creativity. The majority of his passes will be backwards. He and Cisse are certainly not wingers so its either this 4-4-2 or one of them on the bench.

    4-4-2 in the PL these days although offers you somewhat support up top, it certainly gets over run in midfield.

    4-3-3 Would be ideal, but not incorporate both Cisse and Gomis.

    ——————– Krul ——————-
    Debuchy — Mbiwa – Coloccini – Santon
    ——- Cabaye – Tiote – Sissoko ———
    Ben Arfa ——– Cisse ———– Remy

    I think the above would be our strongest team for the Man City game even if Remy and Gomis were signed.

  • 242 pawl250 // Aug 2, 2013 at 5:07 PM


    I promise you Mbiwa is the defender you have been asking for.

    Give him a year in the PL, he will be on par with Woodgate, he has the potential to be better.

    Certainly in my eyes, he could be one of the best defenders in the world when he reaches his peak.

    I just feel we need someone equally as young and versatile to replace Colo who will inevitably leave this Jan or next summer.

  • 243 Rotonda heights // Aug 2, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    Obviously pleased with this but not quite sure how a guy in the last year of his contract has gone from 4M to 8.7M with a further 2M in add-ons plus agents fees to add.

    Could it be the best D.O.F in world football’s negotiating skills are not all that? Surely not!! And this is Ash’s man in charge of all football matters.

  • 244 Irie-Magpie // Aug 2, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    If and when this transfer is complete it will no doubt be well welcomed but as with most side (top 4) we need a playmaker who can supply our strikers so they can score their 15/20 goals a season.
    Cabaye is unplayable when he’s on form but unfortunately that did’nt shine thru as much last season so i think we need to genuine playmaker some who loves/revels in greating chances (Couthino of liverpool) (ronaldinho) just to name two..
    Many may say Benny but to me Benny is glory hunter nothings wrong with that i love benny but not that playmaker we need.

  • 245 pawl250 // Aug 2, 2013 at 5:11 PM


    You complain when they dont spent money, and you complain when they do!

    Can the club, MA or JK ever win with fans like you complaining no matter the outcome?

    Some people just like to complain, its a hobby!

    And yet although I agree he is not worth 10m, or whatever the final figure is, he is a body, a new signing, better than Shola so will improve

  • 246 gazzaforever // Aug 2, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    Bill-son. Saying that Gomis is quick is so wrong, you have obviously never see him play

  • 247 ~Joke-innear~ // Aug 2, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    Every time I see Calamity Tiote’s name on someones starting line up, I cringe and die a little inside.

  • 248 pawl250 // Aug 2, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    our squad and options.

    He is a different style player to Cisse, which is what we needed. We needed a Shola type player, with the ability to actually play football.

    I am sure Gomis will offer you the target man slot we all will loathe! …. Still be happy!!!

  • 249 Rotonda heights // Aug 2, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    ardew has to grow a pair and drop saylor and Jonas possibly even tiote.

  • 250 toon22 // Aug 2, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    If we get 2 strikers i think theyll sell one.
    And if the media hear of JKs drinking they will figure out when/where he drinks.Im sure they would love another one of his insulting tirades.

  • 251 pawl250 // Aug 2, 2013 at 5:16 PM


    From watching Gomis, he is not quick. He is arguably quick for a big lad, but not as quick as Cisse, and he is really not the fastest is he?

    Gomis is very similar to Shola, Carroll. He is just technically better than Shola and Carroll on the floor but not as effective as Carroll in the air.

    Also he is very much a central player, if we play him, he is out of position, much like Ba/Cisse/Best have been in the past when played out wide.

    Anyone comparing Ba to Shola needed shot, not even similar.

  • 252 IITianToon // Aug 2, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    uff my point was that AP is probably seeing Gomis as the focal point of our attack, providing knock downs to Cisse.. and thus making 4-4-2 the choice formation in his eyes.

    I have no idea as to how good Gomis is with his feet and movement, however I am quite sure he would be good in the air.

  • 253 pawl250 // Aug 2, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    Toon22, if we sign Remy, and Gomis loan out Campbell I am not so sure we will be in a position to even let Shola leave.

    If we were to let him leave and 1 of the 3 (Cisse, Gomis, Remy) get injured we look thin almost immediately!

  • 254 Rotonda heights // Aug 2, 2013 at 5:21 PM


    I haven’t complained about the squad at all. I think we have a terrific squad and have always said so. My beef has always been with Pardew in under using the potential of this great squad by implementing archaic defensive and hoof ball tactics.

    I am just pointing out that pre – JFK we secured some amazing deals , ie 6 players in Jan at fantastic prices.
    Now we have a 28 year old in the final year of his contract who has suddenly seen his price climb incrementally despite no other apparent serious suitors.

  • 255 Big Pappa Cissé // Aug 2, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    @ Pawl

    I agree on M’biwa. Looked shaky at times last season but was thrown in at the deep end in the PL. Hope to see some of his bursts out from defense this season, he carries the ball brilliantly.

    I honestly think this is the best back line on paper we have ever had since I have followed NUFC.

  • 256 The Arizona Geordie Pizzicato // Aug 2, 2013 at 5:23 PM


    It really depends on what formation we are using. I think it would be like this:

    Striker: Cisse, Gomis, Gouffran, Ameobi?, Campbell?
    LW: Remi, Gouffran
    RW: HBA, Gouffran

    Talking about short on people, I think it’s the winger positions instead.

  • 257 pawl250 // Aug 2, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    4-4-2 is so old school, it is hard to play in the PL.

    Most clubs will play a 4-5-1 type formation with one player more advanced, behind the striker.

    Much like Michu, or Rooney, or Vaart and Bale.

    Its genuinely hard to control a PL when you are outnumber in the middle of the pitch, it allows the opposition with 3 central players to simply pass around your own.

    If we play 4-4-2 it would be suicide.

    I have no doubt Pardew, the tactical wizard he is will play Gomis or Cisse wide.

    ——————– Krul ——————–
    Debuchy – STaylor – Coloccini – Santon
    ————- Tiote —– Cabaye ———–
    Ben Arfa —— Sissoko ———– Cisse
    —————— Gomis ——————-

    Will be his Man City team …… lets look at the positives atleast Jonas would be dropped lol

  • 258 John Tudor // Aug 2, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    we always have makeshift strikers in streete and vuckic

  • 259 barkel // Aug 2, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    I think if we get Gomis and Remy we will definitely send Campbell out on loan. We will be covered up top with Cisse, Gomis, Remy , Shola and Gouffran. I’d like to see a few wide players come in, I could see Santon being moved up the pitch (possibly on the right) and Dummy/Haidara/MYM playing at lb. for the Rangers or Braga match i’d try

    Debuchy MYM Colo Dummy
    HBA Tiote Cabs Santon
    Cisse Gomis

    Pretty sure we’ll be playing 442 for the majority of the season

  • 260 gazzaforever // Aug 2, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    Pawl , sissoko isnt a CAM

  • 261 dembademba // Aug 2, 2013 at 7:12 PM


    would rather gutierez play left than cisse. 100%

  • 262 keeganjr // Aug 2, 2013 at 7:31 PM

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