Newcastle Director of Football Joe Kinnear told us yesterday that the Gomis deal was a problem, because of add-ons that kept coming up …. and other problems.
Bafe Gomis – personal disagreement with Lyon
This is specifically what Kinnear said to Sky Sports yesterday:
“The Gomis deal was agreed on numerous occasions, but it’s a very difficult situation because there’s always extra add-ons, extra things, another problem.”
That’s a strange way to talk about a transfer - extra things, another problem.
The reporting in France was that there were two things holding up the deal to get Gomis to Newcastle.
- Newcastle were negotiating what to pay the many Gomis representatives
- Who would pay the 5% sell=on fee to his previous club St. Etienne?
However there was a report published in The Times on Monday afternoon, which suggests the hold-up is a personal one between Gomis and Lyon.
The Frenchman is apparently due 5% of any transfer fee (about £340K), but the report is that Lyon think that payment is null and void, because Gomis was involved in a sex scandal while at Lyon.
The alleged offense happened in January of 2012, when the Lyon striker was implicated in the (alleged) sexual assault of a 38-year-old woman, but just like Loic Remy in May of this year, Gomis said he was innocent of the charge.
But as so often happens in these cases, the player was never charged for the offense, so legally he did nothing wrong, but his club are claiming that Gomis arrest on suspicion of being involved in the gang rape, brought damage to the brand and image of Olympique Lyonnais.
That seems a difficult charge to make stand legally, since Gomis was never charged with any crime, and it seems that Lyon are jumping through hoops in order to save money.
Joe Kinnear hinted yesterday that Lyon had raised their price several times, after Newcastle thought they had an agreement, and Joe did say there were problems with the deal.
So Joe was savvy enough not to mention this alleged rape case.
And of course, it’s not surprising that Gomis’ agents do not agree with Lyon on this matter, but maybe this is why Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas said that it could take up to eight days to sort this out.
So it could well be that this is what is really holding up the deal, and once again it’s nothing to do with Newcastle
Joe Kinnear is having a baptism of fire in his new job, but Newcastle did have a massive breakthrough yesterday, when Joe was able to sign Loic Remy on a season long loan deal, even though other clubs wanted the 18 times capped French International.
And that deal will give Joe and Newcastle some breathing space, and we can wait a little bit until Lyon sort out this thing with their player, always assuming the report is accurate.
But to end on a good note – Remy is a massively important signing this summer for Newcastle United.
What do you think?
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