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Newcastle Considering Fresh Bafetimbi Gomis Bid

9:47 am, Saturday, August 17th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 44 Comments

Newcastle fans are getting just a little bit unsettled at the club’s failure to bring in a permanent senior signing this summer, and with just 16 days left in the transfer window, Newcastle are the only Premier League side who have not made a permanent senior signing this summer – and it’s looking too much like last summer for comfort.

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Alan Pardew - we need another striker (is that an echo we hear?)

It looks as though Newcastle have been ineffective at best at going after their top striker targets, but you never really know what the truth is, and what’s really happening behind the scenes.

But there could be some good news today and it’s that Newcastle may be considering going back in for 28 year-old Lyon striker Bafe Gomis, who is in complete limbo at the moment at Lyon.

The Chronicle is reporting that Newcastle are considering going back in for the top French International, and we have to hope that is true, because maybe all that’s needed is to offer his agents’ a little bit more money.

And while they do that they can given them all a few slaps across the face for the trouble they’ve caused Newcastle – that should even things up. :D

There was news last night from Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas in the French media that Gomis wanted to play in Germany – and that came right out of the blue, and we don’t know if there’s any truth to that.

But Aulas did say the situation remained complicated, which is what Joe Kinnear told us the day before we finally signed Loic Remy on loan almost two weeks ago,  and we have to believe  that Lyon would just love to receive the up front €8M fee, plus a possible €2M in add-ons for their striker.

That’s very good money being offered by Newcastle – let’s be fair to Joe Kinnear on that.

This is what Alan Pardew said in the Chronicle today:

“That’s where we’re at.” “Joe’s on the case, and I think Mike agrees with me and Joe that we need one more.”  “That’s helpful, as he’s the one who’s got to pay.”

“We speak enough to know where we are.” “His focus is purely on the transfers, and hopefully he can get a striker.”  “It’s a movable feast – that’s the trouble with the transfer window.”

One knocks on to another.” “A signing goes in one club, and releases someone else.”  “All those things are happening, and you’ve got to move with it.” “Players are not for sale, and then suddenly they are for sale.”

“On our part, it’s important that we bring another striker in.” “It’s obvious that we tried to do that with Darren Bent.” “I’m hoping we get one over the line.”

“Remy’s a great signing for us. We want to try to make the best team we can, and I think we should try to sign another one.” “We need to carry more of an offensive threat.”

Alan Pardew has sounded like a broken record, ever since Loic Remy was signed almost two weeks ago, and to be sure Loic is a great signing for Newcastle – and it’s hard to criticize the Newcastle manager because he wants a new striker as much as the fans do.

Get Bafetimbi Gomis through the door and we will have succeeded in getting two top strikers to the club this summer, and that was always the major goal this summer.

Come on Newcastle – in Nike’s words – just do it.

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44 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Marty-Toon // Aug 17, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    My team for City but i don’t think it Matteus who we put out,a point would be a real plus and 3 would be miraculous

    ___________________KRUL___________________
    ___DEBUCHY___COLLO/TAYLS___M’BIWA____SANTON__
    ____________TIOTE/COLLO_________SISSOKO_________
    _____BEN ARFA___CABAYE____GOUFFRAN/MARVEAU____
    __________________CISSE____________________

    would like to see how Collo would do in DM instead of Tiote as Chelsea did with Luiz and with the way Collo controls a ball he should fit well there,thus freeing up Cabaye to stay further forward

  • 2 Ben3arfa // Aug 17, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Im beginning to hate Pardew as much as Ihate Kinnear.

    He is the perennial “YES MAN” , coming out with the stupidest statements week-in week-out

  • 3 mattyNUFC // Aug 17, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    this is ridiculous

    first it was five at the beginning of the transfer window. a bit heavy, but he said it, not me

    then it was three or four

    only TWO DAYS AGO it was two or three

    yesterday, one or two

    today, he hopes that we can get one more

    what a f****** joke. an absolute joke.

  • 4 masterp1983 // Aug 17, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    I have to say I would have liked bent here with his goal scoring record. Think we will see him score a fair few for Fulham this year. Can we not offer 6m for Defoe now? I know qpr were sniffing around. He is a guaranteed goal getter. I just think we need some more English players as the club is losing its identity a bit. Under sbr we had over 50 British and Irish players…

  • 5 ToonDarnSarf // Aug 17, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    Jazzyp

    Yep, that’s exactly what I think. I don’t know if he’s trying to destabilise the club for some reason or he’s just not thinking properly, but we could hardly blame Ashley for doing things like renaming Shearer’s bar and not involving him in the club as much as most of us would like him to be when he keeps making comments like this. And just before the start of the new season too! The most nerve-wracking time for people at our club…and the fans!

  • 6 mattyNUFC // Aug 17, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    As always, the words of Niall and Biffa can put this better than I can….

    http://nufc.com

    under article “still a laughing stock”

  • 7 spitfire_ // Aug 17, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    Considering? No rush fellas… there is plenty a lot of time before the first kick off.

  • 8 ToonDarnSarf // Aug 17, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    MattyNUFC

    5? I don’t recall that. We don’t even have that room in our squad anyway. My personal thought has always been one striker (like Gomis) to replace Ameobi, one other attacker (Remy) and preferably one young player to replace Obertan.

  • 9 mattyNUFC // Aug 17, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    ….oh, and nevermind the fact we’re putting all our effort towards a subpar striker…

  • 10 Hatem's better than Messi // Aug 17, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    I´d say we should finish 8-9th if the squad can stay injury free and we had a good manager.

    I would say 13-14th with Pardew and injury free.

    As I genuinely have no faith in Pardew I expect us to start the season as we ended it.
    Nothing whatsoever has changed, why should the results.

    I don´t care if someone disagrees.
    I think fans should post what they think and feel themselves.
    Join some “optimism only” clique if you like but its a long time since we had a few wins and played with any style and nothings happened in the summer.

  • 11 mattyNUFC // Aug 17, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    TDS

    i’m sure you don’t remember that. and I’ve not got the will or desire to sift through the cavalcade of crap this guy’s spewed in countless articles to track it down for you. sorry

  • 12 jazzyp // Aug 17, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    TDS
    May be it is the minority that have that view bud, But like ive said from previous chats the unrest at st james park is becoming unbearable.
    I know last season was Shocking to say the least and unless we get off to a good start that unrest will grow. Me personally just want to have and remember good times at the toon ,And would love nothing more than to get rid of the negativity.

  • 13 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Aug 17, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    ToonDarnSouth
    Yeah I agree 6 or 7 better than us

    All we need to do is play as a team.

    Posted the question earlier in the response to the moan moan moan brigade

    Shit man our 1st eleven is better than most in the premiership.

    heres a question – How many teams starting eleven is better than ours.

    Our problem is getting our players to play as a coherent unit.

  • 14 check the toastie // Aug 17, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    http://www.nufc.co.uk/page/News/Gallery/0,,10278~3358556,00.html

    lads look good in training and the good news is no Jonas and No Shola in any of the shots, would be great if we could go into the game without the thought of having to put up with Shola coming off the bench at half time when we are two goals down. pfffffttttttt

  • 15 Rotonda heights // Aug 17, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    ” Joe’s on the case” That’s alright then, what were we worrying about !!!

    Seriously though I don’t get why people are moaning about signings so much. About JFK and Pardew yes, but realistically we got those 6 (SIX!) new players in Jan and Remy to replace Ba now.

    We actually have a very large squad that needs trimming of the likes of Willo, Gosling, Shola etc.

    GK: Krul Eliot

    DF: Debuchy, M’Babu, Colo, Saylor, M’Biwa, Willo, Santon, Haidara.

    MF: Sissoko, Cabaye, Anita, Tiote, Marveaux, Jonas, Bigirama, Gosling.

    FD: Ben Arfa, Cisse, Remy, Gouffran, Vuksic, Campbell, Shola. Sameobi.

  • 16 mattyNUFC // Aug 17, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    hatem’s better

    but this squad will NOT stay injury free!! no team does!! so, naturally, what did we do? we sold all our fringe players!

    i wish i could be as optimistic as some but we have the same players that undeservedly avoided relegation last year, only a solid core on our bench has moved on, which arguably leaves us worse off (i know some will say how much better off we are now, which is entirely illogical), we’ve the same manager who’s proven in preseason he has not changed. we’ve the same owner lacking ambition, and a DoF who hasn’t a clue as to his job’s responsibilities, or at the least how to get them done. We’ve brought in modern, technical players to play an archaeic, woeful brand of football, and we hinge our hopes not on our manager but on our cheif scout who is not a godsend many people make him out to be (extra-ordinary? no doubt, but Maiga? Douglas? Gomis?)

  • 17 Rotonda heights // Aug 17, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Forgot Obertan too!!

  • 18 Slatymag // Aug 17, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Pardew needs to show done steel here. He’s constantly having a sly lick of Ashley’s arse when he should be showing the world through the media that it just isn’t good enough. Honestly don’t know if he’s in on this monumental wind-up this club has become or, as many say, he is scared stiff to step out of line knowing this is the best job he’ll ever have. It is almost like he is detached from the situation!

  • 19 mattyNUFC // Aug 17, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Rotonda

    I’m honestly not TOO bothered by the lack of signings. It is just indicative of our owner’s lack of ambition.

    what worries me this year as was proven last year is that AP does not know how to best utilize what’s at his disposal. moreover, it just shows he will spout whatever is on his mind at that particular time with that particular journalist.

    question:

    would we all have not been a lot better off if he had just told us in May we weren’t going to bring anyone in??

  • 20 Ben3arfa // Aug 17, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Kinnear deserves nothing better than ill health and misfortune

  • 21 Rotonda heights // Aug 17, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    I think in the past Carr has lined up loads of fantastic players like Wanyma only 900K at the time and Leroy Fer only 3M 3 years ago that were overlooked by genius Pardew. No wonder he and Carr fell out and I know who’d I prefer at the club.

    Good squad and in some cases some extra good players but Ash has snookered himself with Pardew’s contract so unless these technical skilful players are allowed to play their own game, it will be same old, same old under Pardew.

  • 22 JaxtheMag // Aug 17, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    I hate reading what AP says he jus talks in riddles. how many clubs are after gomis,how many were after bent.we only scored 45goals last season ffs, we will struggle big time.

  • 23 numba9 // Aug 17, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    They accepted our bid before what is another bid gonna do? And it is a joke we cannot compete with Norwich westbrom etc he takes the sky money down the casinos and squanders it like a big fat waster. I hate you Ashley you really are scum

  • 24 daztoon // Aug 17, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    @Rotonda heights

    Yeah but cut the likes of Willo,jonas,Shola,Gosling who aint good enough for the Prem. Then the likes of Campbell,Sammy,Bigi,Haidara who aint ready yet as well as injury prone Benny,Marv,Vukic,Saylor and the squad looks pretty bare after that

  • 25 Rotonda heights // Aug 17, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Matty

    Totally agree and with an actual football manager there is no way with this team we should be anywhere below 8th at absolute worst.

    Krul
    Debs Colo M’Biwa Santon
    Sissoko Cabs Anita
    Benny Cisse Remy

  • 26 jokinoot // Aug 17, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    Just sign him for gods sake this goes on and on blah blah blah

  • 27 Premiership Manager // Aug 17, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    Bin the Gomis deal, it’s clear he in not interested in playing for Newcastle and try to secure Moses on loan with an option to buy as he can play wide, hold the ball up, create chances and score goals.

    We don’t need an out and out goal scorer as it’s the service that is the problem and somebody who can give the movement and creativity will open up play and create chances to score.

    There are plenty of players who fit this criteria and for me although Gomis is a good finisher, with the same service as Cisse we’ll still struggle.

    And while we’re on, is there anything wrong with bringing Ba back to the club, he knows the players, will score goals and is surplus to Chelsea’s requirements. It’s a no brainer for me, however the question is would he want to come back knowing the management team?

  • 28 spitfire_ // Aug 17, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    Ben3arfa

    Amen to that.

  • 29 mattyNUFC // Aug 17, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    rotonda

    let’s not be surprised to see the back of Carr soon. why else would AP have mentioned in an interview two days ago about Carr being great whether ‘here or elsewhere’?

    pro-pardewers: how many of you would still want AP here at the sacrifice of Carr? This isn’t someway of being clever or to incite division, as I know a lot of people are in the ‘let’s give him one more season’ camp. I’d just like to know….

  • 30 Slatymag // Aug 17, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    It’ll be interesting to read some of the autobiographies that come out in years time and get a more detailed picture of what’s really going on behind the scenes. Between Keegan, Shearer, Hughton, Barton and Pardew I bet there is some pretty damning stories.

  • 31 geordie157 // Aug 17, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    One or two yesterday, today its just the one.

    I’ll be happy with one more if no one leaves.

    although 10mill could get us Alderwiereld and Sinclair, 12/13mill Alderwiereld and Gomis. Surely not to much to ask for. Alderwiereld would be a great centre back pairing with Mbiwa and Colo’s long term replacement.

  • 32 Pizzicato The Arizona Geordie // Aug 17, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    It’s your freedom, but use every post to blame Kinnear by one sentence without elaboration is very meaningless and disturbing.

  • 33 daztoon // Aug 17, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    @Slatymag
    Pretty sure the Keegan and Barton ones would confirm what a complete twat Ashley and co are.

  • 34 ToonDarnSarf // Aug 17, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    mattyNUFC

    No problem. Seems weird though. That must have been taking into account some outgoings and possibly before he realised that the likes of Vuckic and Dummett might be part of the first team squad this year. We can only register those 25 players and we are pretty much there I think

  • 35 Laurent Robert 32 // Aug 17, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Hope Man City have their grass cut to Alan’s specified length mind, it’ll affect our fluid passing game and fabulous movement, so says the excuse wizard. (No offence to any actual wizards out there).

    No it won’t Alan.

  • 36 NUFC FOR SALE // Aug 17, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    I tell you what’s a joke…. the way numpties on here react to every little story.

    We said similar comments in january and ended up signing 5 players

    Chill the f#ck out and let the club do it’s business. … instead of this constant depression.

  • 37 Slatymag // Aug 17, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Not that I would expect them all to write autobiographies, lets make that clear. But their accounts of their time spent here relived in the big book of NUFC UNDER ASHLEY would be riveting. Maybe Stephen King could pen it, if he’s got the stomach!

  • 38 Tubai // Aug 17, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Team for mancity should be like this: krul,debuchy,colo,taylor,m’biwa,tiote,cabaye,sissoko,marveaux,benarfa,cisse

  • 39 JaxtheMag // Aug 17, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    I wonder how many players want to leave in January krul benny, cabs, and how many fans like me want to chuck there season tickets..unless Ashley goes.

  • 40 Rotonda heights // Aug 17, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Daztoon,

    Point taken , but with a decent manager we could really fly.

    People like Anita and Marv can’t get a start and Goofy isn’t the worst of the bench.

    I think many injuries were caused last year by Pardew’s apparently effortless training sessions and unfit players being more susceptible to getting knocks.

    Now we have Faye Downey so even if Pardew can’t organise ”passing and moving” drills, at least fitness shouldn’t be an issue and he can’t moan about Europa either.

  • 41 daztoon // Aug 17, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    @Rotonda heights

    I agree Pardew and his coaches are not the answer and the potential we have will never be achieved under his reign.
    Its criminal that the Marv`s,Anita`s don`t get a start but what do you expect with a defend,defend,defend mentality.
    They arn`t Pardew type players he would prefer the likes of Henry of qpr and Sidwell of fulham.
    We have a good starting 11 but an average squad that is full of potential but that`s all it will be with Pards potential

  • 42 Real talk // Aug 17, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    I’m dreading this season.
    We are not ready, I could read it on the blog same old Newcastle season -the body’s are there but it takes 45 mins for their brains to realise what they are there for, they still s*** in defence, one striker ONE that we have brought in for under 1m and a striker ( on loan ) that injury already! how bloody long since Ba left that dickhead AP makes his excuses and the club keep saying “oh we won’t over pay for players but we’ll know MA is a narcisst, a cheap S.O.B who doesn’t ask for info or research player that the scout job they tell him a suitable price he’ll go below it. It may work buying t-shirts and trainers but this is football it only now and again. Pardew watches vids of french players coming in (playing in their old teams let not forget most of our team is french) so what does that twat do? Takes no notice how they played before ( may give a few games where they can be their former self) then drop the hoof ball and defend (even those it leads us getting overun) game on them. I didn’t see the pre season games but from the sounds of it AP hasn’t changed a thing.

  • 43 toonicle // Aug 17, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    I don’t like this “we need one more” stuff. 2 more at a minimum, we need another striker and a winger who can get a decent cross in, and I wouldn’t mind seeing us hedge our bets and bring in a decent CM in case something happens with Cabaye here soon.

  • 44 Sav // Aug 17, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    Stick to their guns. We have a wage cap. If we are going to break it up it will cause more unrest with existing players. And if we were to do so, it should be for a better player than Gomis. If he wants to play in Germany. good luck. If he lets his agents screw up his career for a few extra pounds for themselves, he’s a stupid boy. You have to know when to walk away and this is one of those times.




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