Lyon President Pessimistic About Gomis’ Newcastle Move

The Lyon President has spoken out on the proposed move of their top striker Bafe Gomis to Newcastle, after their Champions League 1-0 win in Zurich last night. and it looks like the President is getting very frustrated with things, and he mentions club(s) – it looks like it’s Marseilles – behind the scenes who are making dishonest bids in an attempt to scupper his proposed moves to Newcastle.

Jean-Michael Aulas

Jean-Michael Aulas – pessimistic about Newcastle move

And the President Jean-Michael Aulas said he has even filed an official complaint with the French Professional Football League against a club (or clubs) who are trying to derail the Bafetimbi Gomis’ move to Newcastle.

This is some of what he told L’Equipe after the game last night:

“I really feel that behind Newcastle, there is another club trying to pull the strings in the wrong way and have Lyon make a very bad deal.”

” I am convinced that if he does not go to Newcastle, the solution that will be proposed to him will be much worse, and I hope with all my heart that this matter is settled at the earliest opportunity.”

“Newcastle is in agreement with the player, he’ll get £70K per week (wow), and that’s obviously higher than he earns in Lyon = Newcastle is a great club, but not French, but French-English (laughs all around in the press conference).

“There were a number of excessive demands that are making Newcastle reluctant, particularly concerning the benefits of some intermediaries.” “If there is no possibility to find a way out, things will change gear.”

“I am disappointed because the deal has not been finalized with Newcastle, and I’m pessimistic over the transfer now,”

“We  filed a complaint on Monday because certain clubs were unsettling the player.”  “Some offered dishonest proposals to try to derail the deal.” “I will let the committee settle it.” “Gomis will be reintegrated into the squad if he is not transferred.”

“I think that we should not have fun with this stuff, especially when it is with a great club like Marseilles.”

“When there is a problem between an employer and a player, the responsibility is not only that of the employer, and when there is only one year of the term of his contract left, there are two solutions, it is either a transfer or renewal of his contract.”

“We love Bafé and he is an excellent boy in terms of football.” “Newcastle presented him with a deal which is what he wants, and it also satisfies us.”

“I may have to ask the question differently. Maybe I will offer him a deal to stay, and maybe at that time, he will leave.”

It seems to us the Lyon President really wants the deal to go though with Newcastle, who are not at fault here, in fact we look golden.

And it’s French club Marseilles who is the club making some of unwise moves behind the scenes, which is why the Lyon President has reported the to French Professional Football League.

And it may be a decent time for Joe Kinnear to move back in, as Joe told us last Sunday there were many problems with the Bafe move and new demands being made regularly.

If Newcastle can get the deal done then we will look golden, we already look golden in the way we have handled this transfer – so even Joe Kinnear should get credit here  – my shoulder just started to hurt. :D.

And there’s absolutely no doubt that Gomis himself wants to come to Tyneside, as he has made tweets from his Twitter account to that effect over the last day or so.

It may be an opportune time for Joe Kinnear to move back in and try to close the deal – although it seems it’s out of Newcastle’s hands at the moment, and it’s a bit of a circus that’s developed, but Newcastle are not the clown.

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13 comments so far

  • gonufc (not Arf' bad)

    Aug 7, 2013 at 5:08 AM

    Comment #1

    (from last thread)

    @Ashton – lol, just imagine what would happen if he really said that. It would probably end with “….But we just couldn’t get them over the line….”
    Will be glad if we don’t “Get Gomis over the line”. I don’t think he’s good enough. But of course with Ashley in charge it’ll be mediocre or nothing in terms of spending.

    If it does end with 1 loan signing then surely JK has matter of fact-ly failed. Transfers are his only job and he doesn’t seem to be doing it well.

    70% more TV money and we’re spending even less than the on signing last year. Well, at least Ashley can pay for more condescending, insulting articles from a “source” on SportsDirect news about who we’re buying…

  • sir_norman

    Aug 7, 2013 at 5:09 AM

    Comment #2

    suprise? not one bit

  • Grafton83

    Aug 7, 2013 at 5:38 AM

    Comment #3

    £70k a week or €70k a week which is more like £60k

    Unless this guy is a top top striker we’re offering a very generous amount, too much IMO. To my knowledge there are only 1 or 2 others at the club who are on such high wages.

  • valle

    Aug 7, 2013 at 5:49 AM

    Comment #4

    Forget Gomis and move on, im not that impressed with him that we should go through all this and offer so much to get him.

  • dan5679

    Aug 7, 2013 at 5:52 AM

    Comment #5

    I was told last week the deal was off …. i have now been told there is only a 5% chance of newcastle signing him … lyon and newcastle agreed a fee two weeks ago the problem is with his agents and Gomis would prefer to join marseille he would reluctantly join newcastle ..his agents are trying to make marseille bid for the player but in the mean time trying to get newcastle to pay huge signing on fees and agent fees they are holding out for marseille or any other french team comes in for him.
    Newcastle are correctly not bowing down to their requests

  • Tubai

    Aug 7, 2013 at 5:57 AM

    Comment #6

    Does the Remy loan deal has a future permanent deal clause in it. Does anyone has any idea regarding this?

  • dan5679

    Aug 7, 2013 at 6:01 AM

    Comment #7

    the guys 28 and wants 70,000 a week thats 3.6 million a year over 4 years thats 14.5 million on wages

    would prefer a younger guy on a 4 year deal on 30,000 costing us 6.2 million

    comparing the two saving us 8.3 million with the chance of even selling the younger player for profit

    i dont know what strikers are out there for around 10 million aged 23-25 but they have to be some

    Wages are having a much bigger inpact these days more than ever if you can get players on low incomes you can save so much money over the years. it would be stupid for us to be going after players like bent /downing i would rather take a chance on someone younger .

  • Lachu

    Aug 7, 2013 at 7:28 AM

    Comment #8

    Get Bent in for the same wages and lesser transfer fee

  • Charlietoon

    Aug 7, 2013 at 7:36 AM

    Comment #9

    I really want Gomis but this is just getting ridiculous and quite frankly I’d love to see someone from the club step out and just say “no we are done”.

  • Charlietoon

    Aug 7, 2013 at 7:40 AM

    Comment #10

    Tubai I am sure there is but it will be riddled with clauses. I’ve read its 2mill now then a 6.5mill option to buy but…..

    If Remy scores 15 to 20 goals next season and QPR come back up do you think Arry will let him go permanently for that price?

  • Vitorbarbosa

    Aug 7, 2013 at 8:02 AM

    Comment #11

    Maybe Marseille is making an offer eg.100k to him if he would to join them next summer.
    That’s why the president is saying, either he leaves or renews contract.
    Marseille may tried to have a deal without paying a huge transfer fees, by promising higher wages and better fees for the so called agent.

  • dan5679

    Aug 7, 2013 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #12

    70000 a week is 3.6 million a year over 4 years thats 14.5 million
    would rather get a younger player on 30000 a week costing us 6.2 million over 4 years plus maybe able to sell on for a profit theres a difference of 8.3 million in savings
    Gomis is 28.. wages are having a huge impact these days we shouldn’t be going for players like gomis /bent /downing ….there must be some players around 23-25 that we can sign for 10 million on much cheaper wages

  • Shadow_Shearer

    Aug 7, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #13

    Personally I wouldn’t mind having Gomis here, but never at the 9 or 10million. Especially with 1 year left on his contract. Then u have 70grand a week. Which imo is excessive!!

    For that exact same price I would be tryin my luck on s de jong or menez. There is no guarantee 2 get them over the line. But I bets we haven’t offered 10 million and 70grand a week 2 either.

    Hopefully gomis is graham carr recommendation, and not jfk, as carr can be forgiven for 1 bad decision.


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