As Bafe Gomis starts to get himself fit and ready to play for Lyon again this season, he has talked about his potential move to Newcastle in the summer, which just didn’t come off for one reason or another, but Gomis has shed some light on what the impasse was.
Bafe Gomis – asked to forgo a payment
Bafe has been interviewed on the web-site le10sport.com, and this is of what he had to say about the aborted Newcastle transfer:
“I did not ask for the transfer.”
“I gave my consent to Newcastle and I was targeted by two clubs. After a discussion with the French coach Didier Deschamps, he gave me his point of view, and told me that Newcastle was a good choice for me.”
“I then talked to the coach of the Magpies and it was all agreed. They made an offer of €8M plus €2M, then they came back to me asking me to make a financial contribution”
“But I did not ask for the transfer, and it was up to Lyon or Newcastle to do, not me. The way I’ve been training in the Reserves bothered me, and that’s why I did not want to make the effort. “
Nice to see some support from Deschamps, although the other club could well have been Russian.
It seems to us that Bafe was right, because he never wanted a transfer and never asked for one, and in fact he wanted to see out the last year of his contract at Lyon, and then become a free agent next summer.
But Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas wanted to cash in on his striker this summer, and not lose him for nothing next summer, so Bafe was right in saying he did not ask for a transfer and therefore was due some payment as part of the overall deal.
And the wages that Newcastle initially agreed to were around £75K/week – according to Aulas – which seems really high – and it seems Newcastle also tried to lower those to make the deal cheaper for the club.
Joe Kinnear always said this was a complex deal, and it seems that both clubs were unwilling to go that little bit extra to get the deal signed, sealed and delivered.
Lyon are not in a good financial position, and Newcastle just don’t like to spend too much money in the transfer market, which is why we always find it difficult to close deals, as happened last year with Mathiu Debuchy.
Now what happens in January is anybody’s guess, but this deal seems uncannily like the Debuchy affair of last summer, and it could be that Newcastle will have a deal agreed with Gomis and Lyon before January rolls around.
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