There’s a report in the Chronicle today that Newcastle are again being put off by the demands of Bafe Gomis’ agents – Mondial Promotion – and the news is they want £1M in agents’ fees if Gomis is to move to Newcastle this month.
Bafe Gomis – agents fees again complicating deal
The deal in the summer was widely reported to have collapsed because of excessive demands from his agents, after Newcastle and Lyon agreed a fee, and wages were also agreed with the striker.
Newcastle are willing to pay agents fees when it’s necessary – we paid out over £7.2M in agent fees in the last financial year through June 30th – and that the 5th highest of any Premier League club, and it was necessary to get those five Frenchmen through the door a year ago:
Manchester City £11,179,817
And there has been news that Gomis’ fee has been reduced from the almost £9M Newcastle were willing to pay for him last summer, with one report saying he is now available for just £2M – plus of course the agents’ fees that get added to that.
These agents are ambushing a lot of these deals, and surely the powers that be in football need to step in with some standard (maximum) fees that can be paid for any transfer – perhaps a maximum percentage of the fee – and then that would rid us of agents holding transfers to ransom, which is essentially what happens today.
Of course, even with the agents fees Gomis would still be a better bargain than he was in August, and he has made it clear to anybody who will listen that he is keen to join Newcastle United.
Newcastle of course do have other striker targets – Luuk de Jong and (the great) Demba Ba are two that spring to mind.
Demba Ba would be a terrific signing for Newcastle – but I think we’ve already mentioned that – many time before. 😀
We’re not too sure these days about Luuk de Jong, after his less than successful stint in German football.
What do you think?
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