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Marseilles In For Gomis – 5% Sell-On Fee Now A Problem?

8:18 am, Saturday, August 3rd, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 44 Comments

We had published a report almost two weeks ago that Marseilles had entered the race to sign Bafetimbi Gomis, the French International striker who is in the last year of his five-year deal at Lyon, and it looks to be between Newcastle and Marseilles as to where the player, who turns 28 on Tuesday, will end up.

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Bafetimbi Gomis – will consider Marseilles

And while Newcastle have already agreed a fee and personal terms of around £45K/week for Gomis, Marseilles are thought to be considering their own offer for the player.

The French club will first have to meet the €8M  fee plus €2M in add-ons, and if they can do that, it’s possible they could better Newcastle’s wage offer to Gomis, and then he could do a Remy and go where the money is – and that would not be to Newcastle.

The French League is not one of the top leagues in Europe, but Marseilles are in the Champions League next season, and that could help Gomis get into the French World Cup squad for next summer in Brazil – which is one of his major goals.

And there may be some good news for Newcastle this morning in that the Frecnh Daily L’Equipe is reporting that Gomis’ agents have revealed that Marseilles are not willing to pay the add-ons of €2M (£1.7M), and of course the first thing they would have to do is to meet the Lyon asking price, which Newcastle have already done.

However, there is also an added complication they are reporting of who will pay the 5% sell-on fee that is due to his former club Saint Etienne, so the deal is still complicated and not complete yet – but that 5% should come from the selling club not the buying club.

Lyon seem almost as frugal as Newcastle and they try to maximize the fee on Gomis. 🙁

But another thing that seems to be in Newcastle’s favor is that Gomis wants to join Newcastle, but while the Magpies seem close to the deal,  we were with Loic Remy in January but at the last minute he went to QPR for bigger wages.

So you can never be sure – and it’s a case of once bitten, twice shy – but there has to be a decent chance that Newcastle can close the deal on Gomis over the weekend, and if we can do that it would be great news.

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44 responses so far ↓

  • 1 IITianToon // Aug 3, 2013 at 8:23 AM

    Hahaha.. theres always a “wait for it!” with Newcastle United isnt it?

  • 2 IITianToon // Aug 3, 2013 at 8:24 AM

    Can’t imagine Gomis’ state of mind.. he has always preferred a move to Marseilles.. and at the 11.5th hour, they come in for him! Never uncomplicated at MUFC is it..

  • 3 cestriasteve // Aug 3, 2013 at 8:26 AM

    I like the look of Gomis seems to come deep to get the ball and seems fairly skilled but I don’t see where he fits in the structure of the team be good to get some input from people who know what they are talking about. Remy seems like a much better option.

  • 4 IITianToon // Aug 3, 2013 at 8:27 AM

    *NUFC shite 😛

  • 5 Pizzicato The Arizona Geordie // Aug 3, 2013 at 8:27 AM

    hey Ed. I have a very strong negative feeling towards this. I have to respect it’s your blog, but you seem stirring things up without proof.

  • 6 Ben3arfa // Aug 3, 2013 at 8:29 AM

    Marseilles cant afford Gomis unless they sell Gignac, whose fat and has no suitors lol

  • 7 IITianToon // Aug 3, 2013 at 8:30 AM

    And from prev thread, was Siem De Jong a striker? Our priority was to get a striker and hence SDJ was down on the list.

  • 8 RonVanDam // Aug 3, 2013 at 8:37 AM


    SDJ has decided to stay at Ajax for one more season before deciding on his future

  • 9 cestriasteve // Aug 3, 2013 at 8:37 AM

    IITianToon Siem de Jong is a brilliant player but again where would he play in 4-3-3 formation? He is a cut above like but I think he would sign for us.

  • 10 cestriasteve // Aug 3, 2013 at 8:38 AM

    Sorry not sign for us!,

  • 11 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Aug 3, 2013 at 8:38 AM

    Yesterday – Good Friday seems like to good to be true.
    I recall we have been here before

  • 12 jackostoon // Aug 3, 2013 at 8:41 AM

    good morning girls and boys,
    what a beautiful morning it is, hoping to remain positive and to see atleast one signing, i wonder how long it takes before the bickering starts

  • 13 Reedos // Aug 3, 2013 at 8:41 AM

    Unable to get him over the line.

  • 14 ToonDanno // Aug 3, 2013 at 8:45 AM

    Morning chaps, just been told Medicals have been booked in

  • 15 Sir Braveheart // Aug 3, 2013 at 8:46 AM

    Not meaning to be funny but is there a source for this? How do we know Marseille are in for Gomis?

  • 16 SeanNufc87 // Aug 3, 2013 at 8:46 AM

    I think its pathetic that Ed, has to remind everyone every other post to be respectful to each other. The likelihood is your all grown ass men, so cut out the insults and name calling.

    Im sure ed feels like he’s running a crèche at times.

    Can see us bringing in both remy and gomis by tomorrow!

    Lets just hope its more a case of bafatimbi go-score rather than gomis eh lads? ……… im so sorry for that, it needed saying though and I can only apologise for it.

  • 17 GFH // Aug 3, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    Its worth remembering that the French taxation levels are far higher than in the UK , so to match our wage offer then Marseilles would need to pay far more in effect.

  • 18 nut meg // Aug 3, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    IITian Toon @7
    Siem De Jong is an attacking midfielder,he links the play between MF & the forward players.He both creates chances & scores goals.His stats if i remember correctly are …..Played 150….scored 50 goals…..assists 33. IMHO he was the best suited for our needs a striker being next.

  • 19 jackostoon // Aug 3, 2013 at 8:49 AM

    morning bonnylad, you mentioned medicals, plural, do ya know how many

  • 20 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Aug 3, 2013 at 8:49 AM

    This will be the agent who the TOON have had dealings in the past – super agent Pierre Frelot who is holding up the deal by his demands.
    The TOON won’t pay what he wants so in a desperate bid to scupper the deal is prostituting the player to Marseilles so he can get his cut.

  • 21 John Tudor // Aug 3, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    none over the line
    ashleys fun and games

  • 22 mrmcgee // Aug 3, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    one thing no one has considered is that marseille would have to pay 40% tax on top of his 45k pw wages, taking it to £63,000 wages!

  • 23 nut meg // Aug 3, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    NUFC just don’t seem to know how to do anything the easy way!

  • 24 SeanNufc87 // Aug 3, 2013 at 8:58 AM


    The tax rates in france and the uk are very similar when looking at income tax for a wage over 500k per annum, theres is 45% the same as ours but im sure theirs can rise an extra 5 percent or something in cases. As a guess though id say it would probably be cheaper to live in Newcastle than lyon.

  • 25 Toon-Prodigy // Aug 3, 2013 at 8:58 AM


    Aye, im gutted about the monday night kick off!

    Think i’v waited long enuf already 🙁

    I shall be out though getting rather drunk for it though, roll on.

  • 26 Toon_Tom // Aug 3, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    ToonDanno has been saying that for weeks on end.

  • 27 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Aug 3, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    Footballers are really shallow and money orientated aren’t they!

    …and to think that they earn more in a few year than we do in a like time. I do agree though that the new rule in France about a tax rate of 75% is ridiculous! And I don’t think it will be agreed upon.

    But money is everything for footballers. In Denmark we have the highest rate rate in the world (I think it is) and therefor we have difficulties in attracting foreign players to our league and even great minds with high education.

    Hence the reason why foreigners can get very low tax rate here up to 4 years. Until a few years back that applied to footballers as well.

  • 28 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Aug 3, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    *tax rate

  • 29 SeanNufc87 // Aug 3, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    Toon Tom

    To be fair to danno, he was the only one saying don’t believe the papers the gomis deal is very much still on. N that was when papers were saying the deal had collapsed.

    Morning danno mate.

  • 30 roe997 // Aug 3, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    Today is the day guys.thanks for all your support through the blog for charity 10k total warrior assault course. If anyone 8s interested in sponsoring me today for cancer research can apply online at thanks again ed for helping me. Lets get it on.

  • 31 Jail for Ashley // Aug 3, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    As I’ve never heard of Jackostoon , I can only assume that Toon Danno has gone down the route of our other resident psychopath and invented personas to try and validate his claims.

  • 32 SeanNufc87 // Aug 3, 2013 at 9:08 AM


    Good luck fella!

  • 33 Charlietoon // Aug 3, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    There are surely more french players at NUFC for him to link up with than at marseille 😉

  • 34 SeanNufc87 // Aug 3, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    Jeez jfa

    Is there anyone you haven’t accused of having multiple accounts? 😉

  • 35 Jail for Ashley // Aug 3, 2013 at 9:12 AM


  • 36 SeanNufc87 // Aug 3, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    If we get gomis and Remy we could have an entire French team in front of krul…

  • 37 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Aug 3, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    I have been accused of being catchy once 😀 lol

    …maybe that was not J4A (really cannot remember, but in all honesty I probably didn’t care either)

  • 38 SeanNufc87 // Aug 3, 2013 at 9:16 AM


    Lol is there actually an Eric on the blog? I’ve always preferred Barnaby as an alias ring.

  • 39 Jail for Ashley // Aug 3, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    To be fair that those who doubt him, hebsaid that there was no issue with wonga and that Cisse would be flying out to Portugal, if there hadn’t of been and he did then hats off Toon danno, as it turned out he took a complete shot in the dark and got it totally wrong.

  • 40 jackostoon // Aug 3, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    no kidda, been reading the blog for a very long time, i’m 47 and supported the toon for as long as i can remember, don’t often leave posts as i’m using wor lasses laptop and i’m gash at typing, sorry to disappoint but its actually nice to be able to converse with you, like i said, been reading your posts for quite some time now bud

  • 41 lesh // Aug 3, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    Here we go.

    Deal agreed, terms agreed but agents yet to be paid (why we should be players’ agents who work for the targeted play, to the detriment of the buying club, beats me!).

    So, let’s take time in finalising the deal and in the meantime, and see our offers gazumped and lose the player.

    Ho hum, that’s the way we seem to do things at Newcastle United!

  • 42 big papa // Aug 3, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    agents the bain of the football world bloody crooks,had a little dealing with them myself so know a little bit of how the rat bags work,bale 105mil when does the fair play rules come into this another load of crap imo

  • 43 Williamsonsuks // Aug 3, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    MA and JFK are at fault!! Jesus the only thing that is stopping this deal is agents fees. If I was an agent and had to listen JFK negotiating a deal i’d probably laugh at the clueless w@nk. MA penny pinching as usual. FFS get the deal done, everyone knows we need to strikers. Stop dragging your heals you pair of tossers!!!

  • 44 cllmda // Aug 7, 2013 at 4:13 AM

    ACTUALLY…Marseilles is offering a much lower (2/3rds) salary than Gomis would get at Newcastle Gomis is even accepting a pay cut compared to his current Lyon wages to go there.Gomis has been hoping for an offer from Marseilles all along, it was his first choice and has been stalling negociations in the hope Marseilles would make a move.Apparently terms have been (salary &contract terms) agreed on with Gomis,there are probs with the club -Lyon- however as Marseilles doesn’t want to pay the huge transfer fees theyre asking for….

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