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.
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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