We reported early yesterday that Lyon President Jean-Michael Aulas said he filed an official complaint with the French Professional Football League (FPL) against French club Marseilles, accusing them of trying to derail Bafetimbi Gomis’ transfer to Newcastle.
Bafe Gomis – patiently waiting
And the French FPL have now officially responded to that charge and they issued this statement:
“If there is proof, there will be a debate before the commission.” “Mr Aulas says that during negotiations between the representatives of Bafetimbi Gomis and Newcastle, Olympique de Marseille intervened to make contact with the player and his agents without having warned Lyon.”
“Something which the text of the regulation sets out.” “And, as a result, if the negotiations with Newcastle should collapse, it would be Marseille’s fault.”
It’s not clear whether this will help or hinder Newcastle’s attempts to get Gomis to Newcastle, but Newcastle are said to be still hopeful of pulling off the deal.
But with only about 26 days left in the transfer window, Newcastle may have to look elsewhere if this deal cannot be sorted quickly.
If Newcastle were going to bring in three strikers this summer, they could aggressively go after Darren Bent of Aston Villa, but it looks like Fulham have had a £4.5M bid turned down for the striker, and that’s getting expensive for a 29 year-old.
And Joe Kinnear said last Sunday Newcastle have a B list of strikers ll ready, if they cannot get the strikers on their A list, so we suppose we could go after whoever is at the top of that list.
And Newcastle could always do a Debuchy, and bring Gomis in during the January transfer window, but a new deal would need to be agreed with Lyon, and the fee would have to be reduced – and that may even work if we can another top striker in this month.
But it seems wrong that a club like Marseilles should be allowed to be underhand and break the rules in an attempt to derail the Newcastle deal, but the wheels of French justice do not move quickly unfortunately.
Aulas had said last Monday that he thought the Gomis transfer to Newcastle would take 8 days to complete, but it could now be longer than that,
Cisse, Remy and Gomis at Newcastle would be simply awesome, and Darren Bent in there would make our strike force even stronger.
What do you think Newcastle should do now?
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