Newcastle Could Lose Out On Striker Target In January


West Ham shelled out £17M in the summer for Andy Carroll, and even increased the wages he was getting at Liverpool to a monstrous £100K/week, which is a good example of a club putting all their money on one player – but Andy has been out injured all season and hasn’t played one minute for the Hammers this season.

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Bafe Gomis – West Ham in for striker

However their 3-0 win against a hapless Fulham side on Saturday eased their worries and finally Martin Jol was fired yesterday as Fulham manager.

It’s not surprising that West Ham are looking for a striker in January and a bargain buy too, so news today they have started negotiations for Lyon striker Bafe Gomis, who Newcastle almost signed in the summer.

The news is that Lyon want £7M for Gomis, but for a player whose contract runs out in the summer, that’s far too much, but it seems that West Ham are willing to pay out £5M for Bafe, and if that’s true, Newcastle would not even enter the bidding for the French International.

So for the second time in six months, West Ham could outbid Newcastle for a striker, after they offered £17M for Andy last summer, and he simply wasn’t worth that amount, and Newcastle didn’t bother.

And maybe Newcastle will go after other than French players in January, since we have around 10 Frenchman in the squad already, and Alan Pardew has said he would like more British players in his squad from now on.

That could rule out any move for Gomis in January.

What do you think?

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8 comments so far

  • Grafton83

    Dec 2, 2013 at 6:45 AM

    Comment #1

    His wage demands are way too high anyway even if he is a decent striker. Joe Kinbear was talking about offering him 80k in the summer

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  • cyprus

    Dec 2, 2013 at 7:07 AM

    Comment #2

    Shame for Andy. Hope wor Geordie reaches the heights he deserves and doesn’t end up a ‘Dyer’.

    On our team: Liked the smiles I saw on the bench after Sissoko scored and that it looks like Cisse doesn’t feel the weight of the team so much. Now, I know many have given up on Cisse but they did the same with much lauded Will. And I too with big Strolla (ex). Cisse came here a deadly scorer and continued in an impressive way. Getting this guy back into the groove is a BIG responsibility of AP’s.

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  • geordieboy83

    Dec 2, 2013 at 7:13 AM

    Comment #3

    So then 4 wins on the trot, Pardew looking like a half capable manager, players over performing, the stadium rocking. Makes you feel great then come on the blog and the same sh1t is kicking off.

    The sad part is the 4 or 5 main culprits are bloody good posters when they ain’t engaged in tit for tat exchanges . Just get over it ffs. Enjoy things when they are good, moan when they are bad. I’m sending round a pint of blog beer so we can all have a drink : ) only 1 for Ibiza though as I wouldn’t want to damage his equilibrium and cause an accident off a certain fence ; )

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  • NEWEXPATMAGPIE

    Dec 2, 2013 at 7:18 AM

    Comment #4

    If The Hammers are willing to pay the 7Mil for him that Lyon want, then we can better start looking at other options !

    I for one would be happier with Tom Ince from Blackpool and Shane Long from West Brom?

    We get other clubs from other leagues, and players agents trying to put one over on us in every transfer window so why should the Hammers be any different?

    Everyone in the League knows we were after Gomis last summer, so it would not really surprise me if another club went in with an offer over the top which is better than ours. Lyon know this and will try and get as much as they can for him!

    If we are busy with any other strikers, then i don,t want to hear about it until its almost a done deal!

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  • bobby mango

    Dec 2, 2013 at 7:43 AM

    Comment #5

    For that much WHU can have him. Taking his age, length on contract and career stats into account he’s definitely not worth it. If we could pick him up for under £4m then ok.

    We could do a striker like him but better. Big, strong, can play with his back to goal if needed but also tidy and can work with the team. Someone to perform Shola’s current role in the long term, with added goals. This overall play will never come from Cisse.

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  • HullMag6

    Dec 2, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #6

    Fat sam can have him. Feel sorry for AC. But life goes on and so does the toon from strength to strength.

    We need younger fitter better.

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  • sphinxhunter

    Dec 2, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #7

    I wonder if the Toon could pick up some of those underperforming players we missed out on last time – Boney, Wolfs-twinkle – their clubs may be willing to cut losses and they would def perform better in a quality outfit like ours.

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  • Ancientcoptic

    Dec 2, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #8

    The higher the fee West Ham are willing to pay, the lower the wages they will be able to offer. I wonder if Gomis will be interested in going to a relegation threatened club, presumably to be the 2nd choice when Carroll is fit.

    Do West Ham even scout their own strikers these days? Maiga, Carroll and now Gomis.

    Right now, Gomis has all the power when it comes to where he plays next. We have a squad packed full of fellow internationals, and just look at the Premier League table.

    If West Ham can lure him, all power to them, they are going to have quite a misson on their hands.

    The way I see it, we are perfect for Gomis so he is our player to lose… if we want him bad enough, we could sign him.

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