Lyon Must Sell Bafe Gomis This Summer

News today that there is a possibility that Lyon will want to sell their top striker Bafe Gomis, to get some money into the club, as it looks likely the French club will miss out on the Champions League, after going down 2-0 at home, in the first leg of the play-off with Real Sociedad.

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Bafe Gomis – value decreases come September 3rd

Lyon are in trouble financially and as the transfer window comes to an end, they will want to get some money for Bafe Gomis, who has again made it clear he does not want to sign a new contract to stay at Lyon, and will become a free agent next summer, and Lyon could lose him for nothing at that time.

So as this transfer window comes to an end, there will be more pressure on Lyon to sell, and if the deal is being held up by his agents wanting high fees, there’s incentive for them to make a deal too, because once September 3rd rolls around Gomis value decreases – as do the fees his agents can get for him.

As the end of the window approaches Newcastle could even go in with a deal that’s less than the £8M plus £2M add-ons they had agreed with Lyon a few weeks ago, as long as another club doesn’t come in for the 28 year-old French International.

It will be very difficult for Lyon to win the play-off with Real Sociedad now, and they will lose out on up to £14M for not reaching the group stages of the competition – and as we found out last season there is precious little money to be made in the Europa League.

And assuming Lyon do go out of the competition next week, Newcastle could even make a more again for Gomis at that time.

And the French striker has been very patient about all of this, and he is still training with the Reserves, and his transfer mess for Gomis has not reflected well on Lyon or their President Jean-Michel Aulas.

And after the Real Sociedad defeat last Tuesday night, coach Remi Garde said the Gomis situation was still complex, and he would not be playing for Lyon in the second leg next week, and that he was still training with the Reserves.

We may be the only ones, but if we are reading the tea leaves correctly, then Newcastle have an excellent chance still to sign Gomis, assuming the powers that be at Newcastle still want him.

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31 comments so far

  • shearermania

    Aug 23, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #1

    i actually dont think pards is that bad of a manager but something is wriong and he obvious needs to go why: cause he cant implement his tactics cause the players are olaying with fear! if you are afraid of failing, you will always fail….the reason there are no movement and the players are to static is that they all play with fear (apart from ben arfa)….they are playing alibi football…no one wants the ball…its that simple.
    so lets face it pards will get the sack soon and here is my list of potential new manager -(not my preferred- but the shortlist i can see mike drawing up) which will you prefer…
    1. JFK
    2. alan curbishley
    3. david o’leary
    4. gary megson
    5. tony pulis
    6. marti o’neil

  • wolfshead@toon

    Aug 23, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #2


    jfk thinks were a bunch of tossers good cop / bad cop? haha

  • supershola

    Aug 23, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #3

    ‘assuming the powers that be at Newcastles till want him’


    Do we actually want anyone? This is beyond a joke now. If there is money to spend as pardew says then spend some… they’ve had enough time

  • Ben3arfa

    Aug 23, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #4

    Watching this brought a tear to my eyes

  • wolfshead@toon

    Aug 23, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #5


    possibly redknapp too which would be heavenly at the moment lol

  • jimmysmith

    Aug 23, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #6

    Surely we are atleast as desperate as they are. Also, nothing seems to have come of the trip to France midweek, and no one seems to think this significant. They don’t know what their doing?

  • Maladoni 69

    Aug 23, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #7

    This just shows how desperate we are for players and how the club is not willing to pay the going rate.

    If this lad wanted to come he’d of got the issues with his agent and the club sorted. It smacks of Remy last season cashing in his chips.

    Pay decent trasfer fees for decent players who want to play for us.

  • Wiz

    Aug 23, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #8

    What is happening, it seems to me, is that Ashley wants to buy Rangers outright and needs to sell Newcastle. But he doesn’t actually know if he will be able to sell Newcastle. So in the meantime he has to keep us in the Premier League, to protect his investment. Cabaye won’t play well for us again, and won’t be picked unless it becomes clear he is not going to be sold. And if he’s not going to be sold, we won’t be buying anyone. This is the same game plan as last year, and is disastrous, and will lead to relegation, because Ashley doesn’t really understand what has to be done to avoid it.

  • Rooster

    Aug 23, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #9

    Keith, Cabaye is a very good player and top rated especially in France, he is worth quite a bit but he carries issues and that means maybe you wont always get the best out of the lad, still a travesty he did not start against City in fact it is horrific, if it was his call then he needs to get out of toon now, he cannot be given player power like that how ever good he is, and he is only good sometimes at that

  • Our Toon

    Aug 23, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #10

    Keith In France

    How can you force Cabaye to play when the owner doesn’t want him to play? Please explain

    Sellable asset his no value if injured, what part of this do fans fail to realise!! His head hasn’t been turned as he has always said that he would leave for a bigger club, the owners head has been turned though because he wants to make money from this sale, BALANCE SHEET IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE TEAM, hence dropped until window closes or player has gone

  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 23, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #11

    not mine but made me laugh

    ”If Pardew sleeps in and the players organise themselves we’ve got a chance.”

  • theartfuldodger

    Aug 23, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #12

    I feel its true that mike ashley wants newcastle to run on its own for 5 to 8 years without needing to interefere in club affairs every few months except defining a transfer budget. Even if that equates to 15th place every year.
    Maybe he wants to invest his time in rangers.

    Players are afraid to a bunch of kidnapped kids.When Pardew doesent have it in himself to motivate them anymore he is trying laughter therapy talking about ambitions of manchester

  • Wiz

    Aug 23, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #13

    Shearermania … how about Glenn Hoddle, Gus Poyet, George Graham, Terry Venables (I’d love to see Tel resurrected), Ian Holloway, or Dario Gradi. I like them all, moderately at any rate, and they’d be cheap. Of course they would object to being told what to do by Kinnear. So that does rather bring us back to Kinnear.

  • Our Toon

    Aug 23, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #14

    Haha nice one Rotonda

  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 23, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #15

    Trouble is Ash won’t sell at a fair price. He wanted 800m off the Mansoors before they bought city which shows the man’s utter greed.

    For a long time I defended Ash against people like jail for Ashley but Ash has sanctioned JFK, Pardew and Wonga and all that combined with rejecting the Mansoors has led to an unbearable level of negativity.

  • tynesidetommo

    Aug 23, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #16

    Nothing wrong with Pards. You don’t become a bad manager after taking yer team to fifth spot in the world’s toughest league unless yer idiot writing on this blog. These are the ones who watch the Toon playing some clever passing footy but complain bout hoof football, who are too lazy to use a player’s proper name but are happy to use derogatory terms as Goofy who slag of Jonas despite him playing his socks off in every game blah de blah. But then I’ll be accused by the same child-like idiots as being deluded. Being it on!

  • wolfshead@toon

    Aug 23, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #17

    george graham frying pan/fire

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Aug 23, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #18

    Ben3arfa, nice post. Brought back sone memories. Long live Sir Bobby!

    Note the 5 players we had in and around their 18 yard box and players looking to overlap. You won’t see that now. Just 10 round our own box. Criminal.

  • wolfshead@toon

    Aug 23, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #19


    ba and cisse fired us to 5th

  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 23, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #20


    I think any of hoddle, Poyet, Solskjaer or Bergkamp would be great. Graham would be a slightly more successful version of Pardew but horrible to watch.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Aug 23, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #21

    Tommo, have you viewed Pardew’s CV and his managerial norm? It certainly isn’t fifth.

  • tequilamag

    Aug 23, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #22

    I don`t normally post much anymore because frankly the blog is full of whinging brats but Rotonda just for you. I know you love to rewrite history and you have done that twice this morning,. The Mansoors never made a bid for Newcastle. Post the proof if you think I am wrong . The other whopper was that we and Spurs were on the same l,evel 2 years ago,

    If you use the filter button for finance you will seeSpurs were not a kick in the arse off twice our income.

  • Our Toon

    Aug 23, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #23


    Look at Pardew’s record at all clubs rather than a one off flash in the 5th finish….which I have to say was impressive but same squad finished where the following season?

    I agree Guiterriez works hard for the team and in a team we need grafters, but as a winger he needs to offer more going forward, could be the managers request that he plays as a defensive winger though!! You are spot on though with the comment of you don’t become a bad manager by finishing 5th hence why he has only achieved this once in his career. Form is temporary (5th) being awful at your job is permanent (16th)

  • Wiz

    Aug 23, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #24

    I do still think Pardew is a good manager, and is excellent at man management, but in current circumstances he is beginning to lack a bit of dignity. He cannot manage a team someone else is picking, and he can’t pick a team from players he hasn’t wanted to acquire. That’s the thing about Newcastle – everyone is in it for the money. Ashley certainly is, Pardew obviously is … actually, I wonder if Kinnear is not basically motivated by love for the game. He might be the exception. As regards alternatives, George Graham’s teams are deadly dull and not always successful. He is a martinet, however, which the board might appreciate – in the same way that Lord Westwood went for Bill McGarry. And a very bad choice that was, to be sure. Solskjaer would be interesting! He clearly has talent, and seems a very nice chap.

  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 23, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #25


    nice to hear from you. At 52 I’m probably a bit old to be a brat but thanks any way.

    I get it, you accept mediocrity or may be even thrive on it more to the point. Other’s don’t. Each to their own I guess. I await your next insult.

  • Sir Braveheart

    Aug 23, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #26

    Hoddle?! Bergkamp?!

    Bit early in the day to be drinking lads.

    Hoddle and El Tel have been out of the game so long it’s not a viable option. Begkamp has no experience as a manager, Solskjaer is doing too well to come to us.

    Curbishley, Pulis, McCarthey….these are the calibre of manager we can expect Ashley to hire. Look at his track record.

    And Graham….GRAHAM?!?! Really??

  • tequilamag

    Aug 23, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #27

    Rotonda I never said I was happy with the situation. What is there to be happy about. Still no reason to make stuff up to suit your own world view. Still waiting for the Mansoor link

  • jimBOB

    Aug 23, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #28


    if they get rid of AP i can only think of one he will bring in, the spurs legend that is Gus Poyet. I think MA has wanted him since his sacking.

  • Mr Magpie

    Aug 23, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #29

    I’m new onto this as frustration has got the better of me & i felt i needed somewhere to vent my annoyance. Pardew syndrome appears to have kicked in, history says he has a good season & then mediocrity sets in. After Monday’s display it appears the players are no longer playing with the freedom of the team which finished 5th, a distinct lack of movement, creative ideas, attacking threat & basic defending. Lack of ambition at the club saddens me, what has happened to our club?!

  • Sav

    Aug 23, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #30

    Is he good enough?
    That is the only question worth asking. The rest, including Lyon’d financial woes, come wayyyyy down the line.

  • Greebol1892

    Aug 23, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #31

    I would accept Terry Venables in a heartbeat.


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