Bafe Gomis has trained well at Lyon this week and according to manager both Gomis and Briand “are candidates for the team.” “There is no problem, they worked well.” Both players rejoined the first team group after being forced to train with the reserves earlier because both had been expected to leave Lyon in the summer, but now both could play against Rennes.
Bafe Gomis – price cut in half in January
And with Bafe Gomis’ contract having just one year to run, he will be available at a cut price in January, but whether Gomis has soured on Newcastle, after being asked to take a wage cut, is not known.
And Alan Pardew is not saying too much on it either, but there is news that Roma are ready to bid for Gomis in the January transfer window, and Fiorentina are also said to be interested.
Gomis will not extend his contract at Lyon and so he will either leave in January for say £3M or less, or leave as a free agent next summer when Lyon will get nothing for him.
The fee Newcastle agreed with Lyon was €8M (£6.8) with €2M (£1.7M)in potential future payment based on performance, so Gomis price will have more than halved in January.
Roma Sporting Director Walter Sabatini is equivalent to Newcastle’s Director of Football Joe Kinnear, and is said to be keen on Gomis, especially he will be available at a cut price.
Newcastle like cut-price deals but with the embarrassment of Newcastle having to ask Gomis to take a wage cut, after everything had been agreed with Lyon and the player, we wonder what Gomis now thinks about coming to Newcastle – and maybe his wages are still a problem for the Magpies.
But it’s still possible, and if Newcastle are really keen we would expect a certain Joe Kinnear to be trying to get a deal done right now, so it can be executed in early January.
But maybe not.
What do you think?
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