The Evening Chronicle are reporting today that Newcastle United Director of Football Joe Kinnear is not happy, make that furious, with Marseilles after Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas accused the French club of derailing Newcastle’s move for Bafetimbi Gomis, and you can hardly blame him.
Joe Kinnear - moving again for Gomis?
The matter is now before the French Professional Football League who have today issued a statement on the claim.
Marseilles approached Gomis and his agents without Lyon’s knowledge, and that is a big no-no with transfers, and Joe Kinnear is said to be considering his next move, after getting more information on what has actually happened.
And the fact that Marseilles signed 26 year-old 6′ tall Tunisia striker Saber Khelifa from Evian yesterday, may mean that Marseilles could end their interest in Gomis, and it may be a great time for Kinnear and Newcastle to move back in and seal the deal.
The hold-up is said to be with the agents’ fees, but a transfer fee and terms have already been agreed by Newcastle with Lyon, and we suspect (this is purely a supposition on our part) that Marseilles may have offered his agents bigger fees than Newcastle, which could have caused the impasse.
But if Marseilles are no longer interested in Gomis, then his agents would be well advised to agree their compensation with Newcastle rather quickly.
Don’t be surprised if Joe now tries to tie up this deal as quickly as possible, in what may be an opportune time for the Tyneside club to complete the deal.
If he can do that it will have been a great week in the transfer market for Newcastle, and good for Joe Kinnear too.
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