We would assume the transfer price of potential striker target Bafetimbi Gomis in January will be a key factor as to whether Newcastle will try to sign the 28 year-old French International striker, who Joe Kinnear tried to sign in the summer but was unsuccessful.
Bafe Gomis - will Newcastle sign him in January?
There was news yesterday that Italian club Lazio were interested in the striker, but there is further news today that Fiorentina and Roma could also be interested in signing the player.
And since his five year contract runs out next summer at Lyon he should be available at a decent price, and that will probably interest Newcastle.
Newcastle almost did a deal in the summer for the player, but his agent wanted too much money for himself, and Newcastle refused to pay out the agent’s requested fee.
And now his agent Francesco Di Frisco has talked to the Italian site Tutto Mercato in what they call an exclusive, and Di Frisco says what he thinks the transfer fee would be for Gomis in January:
“There was still no formal request from Lazio, and in my opinion Gomis would do very well in the Italian Championship.”
“Knowing the President of Lyon, I think €3M is probably the maximum fee in the winter market, with the player out of contract in June 2014.”
“I have not had extensive contacts with any of the Italian clubs, I was talking with Rome and Lazio, but I have not had confirmation from them.”
€3M is only around £2.5M, and since the Newcastle bid was close to £10M in August, the transfer fee seems low to us.
We don’t know where Newcastle stand in any negotiations for Gomis, but if he is a target, then Newcastle should move in now with a firm offer, and try to get the player to Tyneside in early January.
If his transfer fee is indeed under £3M, expect even more clubs to become interested in the player in January.
What do you think?