Sky Tyne and Wear is reporting today that Newcastle are in discussions with Lyon and agents on bringing Bafitimbi Gomis to Tyneside on a permanent deal, and the club are also in talks with Chelsea in an attempt to bring Demba Ba back to Newcastle.
Bafe Gomis – wages the stumbling block?
Of the two deals, we think we have a good chance of getting Bafe Gomis to Newcastle, and with Loic Remy coming in on a season long loan deal, that would mean we have brought in two top strikers, albeit they are another two Frenchmen – but the job would have been accomplished this summer – at a minimum – and always assuming that Yohan Cabaye stays on Tyneside.
But we don’t think we’ll have much hope with Demba Ba, since there are a number of top clubs after him, including Italian club Roma, who may be favorites to sign the Senegal striker, either on a one year loan deal for £3M or permanently for £10M.
The news is that Chelsea want a permanent deal, which is not surprising since Jose Mourinho has made it clear there is no future for Demba at Chelsea – he should have stayed with Newcastle.
Ba never really worked out how to play with his fellow countryman Papiss Cisse at Newcastle, and that will be in his mind, as well as wanting to try pastures anew, since he was at Newcastle for eighteen months where he did great with 29 goals in 58 appearances – and no wonder he is a big favorite with the fans.
Yes, it would be fantastic if he came back to Newcastle, but from his perspective we think there are probably better options elsewhere.
But if we can get Bafe through the door that would be great – and we must say the French International has handled himself very well over the last several weeks, and it must have been very frustrating for him.
However, the new news being reported is that it’s the wages Bafe is asking for that is now holding up the deal, according to Sky Tyne and Wear, and that’s the first time that’s been brought up – so that’s just a little bit worrying.
It would be dispopointing if it’s the wages that bring the deal to an end, because Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas a few weeks ago said that Newcastle had offered the player £70K/week, but that cannot possibly be true.
So we are still on tenterhooks a bit – but now’s the time for Joe to get the job done for the club – with only four days to go.
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