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.
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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