Lyon President Blames Gomis’ Agent – No Problem With Newcastle

We have about three – maybe even four versions of what happened that stopped Bafe Gomis from arriving at  Newcastle in the summer, and last weekend it was that Gomis would not take a wage cut, which Newcastle are supposed to have asked for, after an agreement had been reached, and that news was supposed to be from quotes from Gomis himself.

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Bafe Gomis – no problem with wages

But this weekend Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas has said that report was not true,  and it was one of Gomis’ agent who stopped the deal going through, because of his demands in terms of the fee he wanted.

Gomis is now back in training with the Lyon first team, after he had been relegated to the reserves,  in the expectation he would be leaving Lyon over the summer.

This is what Jean-Michel Aulas has said in the French press:

“There was no problem with wages and no problem on the transfer fee with Newcastle .”  “There were other problems why Bafé could not leave.” “It wasn’t a problem with Newcastle but there was a final discussion with the agents and this is why Bafe failed to leave.”

“Obviously he had to return. All club Presidents would have done the same thing. I think if there had been no interference by a number of people in this case, Bafé would have gone,” 

If this news is true – and who knows  – it’s possible that Newcastle will try to get Gomis to Tyneside in January, but it’s not the first time Newcastle have refused to do a deal because of fees agents were asking for.

The same thing happened a couple of years ago, when Newcastle pulled out of a deal for PSG striker Mevlut Erdinc, because of  the fees his agents were requesting to do the deal.

In these cases it’s a pity that Newcastle don’t say something about why they didn’t get the striker through the door, if indeed it was based on excessive agents’  fees.

But communication with the fans has never been a strong point of the club under Mike Ashley.

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68 comments so far

  • santonthenewmaldini

    Sep 15, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #1

    To be fair this is not the 1st time Rooney has been a dick he has done it quite a few times all to get a new contract or to get Man Utd to invest in players

    We can moan about Cabaye but the simple fact is if the club had properly shown ambition with buying players in the last 2 summers then Cabaye may not have really wanted to leave because we would probably have a team capable of champions league

    The shite formation we played last season with the long balls would be terrible to play under but if we play 433 all the time and Cabaye is the no 10 then who knows he might start to enjoy his football again??

    Really annoyed at how we let City pound us 1st game because they have been gash if we played like Villa away against City we would have got the 3 points

    Also it looks like a few teams may struggle at the start of the season while they get a settled team just wish we had pushed the boat out imagine if we had just spend even 10 million on Scott Sinclair and Finboggson/Long? Thats all we would have really needed

  • Mint

    Sep 16, 2013 at 12:01 AM

    Comment #2

    I really dont think we should go for this guy. Showing no ambition to play in the PL – he will hate the weather up north and be miserable i bet!

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Sep 16, 2013 at 12:35 AM

    Comment #3

    i knew newcastle would do well this season. weve got the best squad i remember and i bet all the negative whingers are gutted they can’t complain any more

  • whatsup

    Sep 16, 2013 at 1:29 AM

    Comment #4

    the way we played with remy, arfa, cisse – formation was great – Pardew says after the game 1st time in a long while he has had the personnel to play that way – ie the way he wants and we want – so why do we still have Shola Ameobi taking up a place in the squad – surely it shouldhh go to a player who can fill in that formation if we get an injury then!

  • ilovetoon8788

    Sep 16, 2013 at 2:24 AM

    Comment #5

    Cabaye and Rooney comparison by Pardew is a joke.

    Cabaye has shown nowhere near his full potential and reason why top clubs in Europe are chasing him. Maybe this is down to Pardew and the way he set his team up. Cabaye doesn’t control our tempo or whatsoever that Pardew claims.

    Anita has outperformed Cabaye in the central midfield role.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Sep 16, 2013 at 5:38 AM

    Comment #6

    Hard to know what’s really the truth here! I wonder if a player really wants to go can a agent stop it?

    …these agent dealings are not my area of expertice 😉 Just find them a royal pain in the @rse!

  • cyprus

    Sep 16, 2013 at 5:57 AM

    Comment #7

    Why doesn’t Cabaye just issue a short apology and all is forgiven. I’d still bench him and put Marv ahead of him: he’s surely leaving in January and Anita has been more consistent as his replacement. On recent evidence Cabaye is overrated, he’s a half-decent footballer nothing more, has failed to dominate ANY games, does anyone remember one?

    Would have swapped Ramsey for Cabaye plus cash, too late now.

  • scout

    Sep 16, 2013 at 6:29 AM

    Comment #8

    You’re right sir, he hasn’t dominated any games.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Sep 16, 2013 at 6:47 AM

    Comment #9

    cyprus // Sep 16, 2013 at 5:57 AM

    On recent evidence Cabaye is overrated, he’s a half-decent footballer nothing more, has failed to dominate ANY games, does anyone remember one?

    Not that i can remember off. Pardew is just hyping and making claims of Cabaye performance like his midfield dominance and i can barely remember one.

    Even Guthrie when he played for us, stamped his authority in the middle of the park like Cabaye has never done before.

    You are damn right in your assessment of Cabaye.

  • check the toastie

    Sep 16, 2013 at 7:07 AM

    Comment #10

    Would be nice if Cabaye could become the player Pardew thinks he is………

  • Klatoon

    Sep 16, 2013 at 7:18 AM

    Comment #11

    To be fair, its been hard for alot of our players to dominate under the formation/tactics we’ve been using. With this shift to 433, i expect massive improvement all round especially from Cabaye, Sissoko and Debuchy. Goes without saying Papiss will be the biggest beneficiary.

  • Transfer Sage

    Sep 16, 2013 at 7:20 AM

    Comment #12

    Gomis has a very modest record anyway, less than 1 in 3 goal ratio is not fantastic.

    I’m sure there are better options out there.

  • bobby mango

    Sep 16, 2013 at 7:24 AM

    Comment #13

    Couldn’t agree more about Cabaye being overrated. There was that Stoke game when he scored two, he was good in that. Has scored a couple of important goals as well BUT he’s not performed consistently at a high level. An odd good game does not warrant the plaudits he gets… Yet Pardew, Blanc and many others rate him. Strange.

    As said about Guthrie was consistently better, in his last season for us. Anita has been miles better. Would be happy for him to go for 15m, if that’s spent on players.

    Gomis – now the summer is over I think we should look elsewhere. Too old now. Although he’d offer more that calamity Cisse I think there’ll be better options. That said if its Gomis or nobody I’ll take Gomis every time.

  • Transfer Sage

    Sep 16, 2013 at 7:25 AM

    Comment #14


    I agree. I think it’s just a matter of time until the chances start falling for him again. We know he is a good player looking at his record everywhere, it’s purely a spell of bad form (even if its a long spell).

    We haven’t got many other options so might as well let him have a run in this new styled team.

  • Ian Toon

    Sep 16, 2013 at 7:26 AM

    Comment #15

    The away fans showed what they thought of Cabaye when he left the field before the end of the game it was to rapturous applause. Let bygones be bygones, united we stand divided we fall.

    As Pardew said there aren’t too many of us that wouldn’t be influenced if there was a big offer for our services.. Football is big business.

    Hatem Ben Arfa – terrifying defenders with pace, his close control and superb left foot. Could this be the season that he realises his full potential and becomes prolific in front of goal. Well he’s made an excellent beginning towards that goal.

  • Transfer Sage

    Sep 16, 2013 at 7:30 AM

    Comment #16

    bobby mango

    if we can get gomis for a couple mil or sign him on a free to join in the summer (as a shola replacement) then that’s fine with me.

    As long as we get a better/younger striker in the summer as well

  • Ian Toon

    Sep 16, 2013 at 7:32 AM

    Comment #17

    bobby mango- I hope your around when Cabaye is fully fit and receiving the sort of adulation that HBA is currently receiving. Cabaye is the real deal. He has a range of passing and vision that Cisse will benifit from. He has missed yet another pre season and consequently missed a stack of games. Many French fans explain France’s indifferent form as largely being down to Cabaye not playing.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 16, 2013 at 7:33 AM

    Comment #18

    Ian Toon,
    I’ve asked you a few times now but strangely you keep ignoring me, how many people were at the fans meeting a few weeks ago at the Irish centre.

  • Transfer Sage

    Sep 16, 2013 at 7:38 AM

    Comment #19


    Yeh, be nice for cabaye to apologise but we don’t know the ins and outs of what went on so no point holding a grudge for his first offence.

    I hope so for ben arfa, he is amazing when he is on his game. There isn’t a player in the league that can go past players as easy as him. There are players who make better decisions, better passing and shooting but as for genuine talent at beating a man he is by far the best.

    He reminds me of zidane how he goes past people, just glides like a ballet dancer around people, makes a lot of defenders look stupid. I hope this is the year he really shows what he is all about.

  • Ian Toon

    Sep 16, 2013 at 7:39 AM

    Comment #20

    Transfer – Cisse is badly out of form but he too had a limited pre season. His movement and link play with HBA and. Remy was good and he will improve from vastly quicker ball delivery and service.
    I am planning on taking him as first goalscorer on Saturday.

  • Ian Toon

    Sep 16, 2013 at 7:40 AM

    Comment #21

    JFA – I promised Ed I would not get sucked into your and a couple of others mischief .

  • Ian Toon

    Sep 16, 2013 at 7:41 AM

    Comment #22

    Transfer- I just hope we can keep our better players fit.

  • beddersmag

    Sep 16, 2013 at 7:41 AM

    Comment #23

    Pardew is bigging cabaye up for obvious reasons. So that he might stay, or if he goes then managing expectations on the fee we would want for such a player. Fair enough either way i reckon

  • John Tudor

    Sep 16, 2013 at 7:43 AM

    Comment #24

    we were not world beaters yesterday, only luckier than villa. there is a long way to go and favourites to come in, bad luck and bad refs too.
    by the way i once reached 90mph on my push bike
    over marsden cliffs

  • John Tudor

    Sep 16, 2013 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #25

    beddersmag thats his job it should be done withe all the players


    Sep 16, 2013 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #26

    i would love gomis.. but i thinke we need younger players now… need a young hungry striker who will give his all…who will put his body in line jst like saylor… ohh an cisse needs to b sold… his done will score 8-10 goals

  • Transfer Sage

    Sep 16, 2013 at 7:50 AM

    Comment #27


    Yeh he will get better, i’m sure of it. He was feeding on scrap up until the last couple of weeks so now he has more support he should be better.

  • Transfer Sage

    Sep 16, 2013 at 7:53 AM

    Comment #28


    gomis would be ok to replace shola on a free next summer or a low jan fee leaving us to spend more money (if ashley decides to) on a young/promising striker to be the main threat to cisse.


    Sep 16, 2013 at 7:58 AM

    Comment #29

    Transfer Sage

    as a shola replacement yes

    we need to ship out some dead woods 1st

    gosling- i would still keep him
    amflomito wat evea his is lol

  • John Tudor

    Sep 16, 2013 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #30

    yeah get rid of debeef pies and get in liverand bacon

  • bills-son

    Sep 16, 2013 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #31

    We almost played with nine players against Villa because Cabaye and Cisse especially were hardly in it.

    Cabaye will up his game but we know what we get with Cisse, nothing unless he’s scoring.

    If we continue Remy and HBA wide we need a forward through the middle who can hold it up and press the oppo CB’s when they have the ball and weigh in with a goal. We already have that player, Goufran, who impresses me the more I see him play. The top teams, and managers, rarely play with a Cisse type striker because they are often both a luxury and a liability especially away from home.

    Cisse can have no complaints if Gouffran takes his place. Pardew made some good calls agsinst Villa and playing Goofy against Hull is the right call imo.

  • John Tudor

    Sep 16, 2013 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #32

    i think it was coz he lost his crappy little ripped off note paper with his shopping on

  • John Tudor

    Sep 16, 2013 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #33

    good call goofy in for cisse
    but wait how can he fit guti in

  • Transfer Sage

    Sep 16, 2013 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #34


    I think cisse is great as a long man. Now we have other players like remy, hba, sissoko and cabaye getting forward there are options and the play is held up fine.

    Ideally a giroud type would be good in the middle but cisse can do the job. At the end of the day if he can latch into the balls in he will get plenty of goals.

    Both remy and hba working the channels holds the ball up well enough.

    but like you, i think gouffran would be a good option to start….even if all it does is give cisse a kick up the backside

  • south coast toon

    Sep 16, 2013 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #35

    didnt like the idea of gomis, we went from top target pea and bony down the list, i just dont understand ashleys thinking there are players like lucacoo, bentekee, who would cost more but are proven and would go straight in there, even defo would have been worth a shout, but gomis dosent seem anywere near the standard of other targets or players around, surely there are players in the dutch belgium and german leagues or spanish,benteky and lucaca would be top for me….oh and tying remy up

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Sep 16, 2013 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #36

    Firstly, Gomis said Newcastle asked him to make a contribution, he never said take a wage cut. That contribution could very well be a payment that his agents were demanding, meaning both are telling the truth, but people are twisting it to make it look like the stories are conflicting!

    Secondly, I couldn’t really give a monkeys who is at fault in this. The whole thing sounds like a farcical situation where none of the participants escape looking good.

    We didn’t get him, we aren’t going to get him until at the earliest Jan, more likely is not at all. So lets stop indulging their obviously egotistical owner, and the players and his agents who are busy drumming up column inches so they advertise their clients availability for a bumper payday in Jan or June.

  • bills-son

    Sep 16, 2013 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #37

    On Anita,

    I’ve previously doubted his suitability to the Prem and although I still have reservations there is no doubt he is impressing at the mo.

    My reservation is that he rarely wins a tackle or hustles a player off the ball and if we play against a physical team we could suffer. Sissoko isn’t a tackler either and whilst that didn’t matter against a non physical Villa team it will against others.

    I still think the Tiote of two seasons ago would have been the better option but if Anita keeps his form up he deserves his place.

  • Transfer Sage

    Sep 16, 2013 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #38


    Gomis came out and said he was asked to make a contribution and then a couple days later came out and said asked to take a wage cut.

    He seems to be changing his story whilst newcastle and lyon both said a deal was agreed but small issues stopped it.

    To me sounds like the fault of gomis or his agent.

  • croftus5678

    Sep 16, 2013 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #39

    guys it doesnt really matter as there owner lie’s through his teeth and the same with our club !

    what we have been told lately is that we have very little funds in our account (guessing at 2mil ish from profits of last season) so we was never really after any player as it would have put us in a lot of debt ! and that was confirmed.

    if wonga and tv rights have not been paid before jan then i doubt we will buy anyone yet again !

    once it is paid though i would expect some major signings inc remy on a perm deal as he seems to have been the missing link.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Sep 16, 2013 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #40

    While I agree we need a player up top who can hold the ball better, and press the defence, I’m not sure Goofy is that man. By all means, I’d be happy for him to be given a chance ahead of Cisse to do that. You may be right, and he may excel at it, personally, I’m not convinced yet. I still see Goofy as the back up to Remy, and more of a squad player than a regular starter.

    I would have loved us to get Matri from Juve, who was supposedly offered to several Prem clubs for 6million before opting to join his boyhood club Milan. I don’t think Gomis is right for us, I have said that all along.

    Still, the window is shut, no one can come in until Jan, so it is about making the best of what we have. If Vukic is fit, I’d be tempted to give him half an hour in Cisse’s place against Hull this weekend. He can finish, great ability on the ball, and is a big lad. Did well in his internationals recently also.


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