Complications Arise Over Potential Newcastle Deal

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.

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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:

Chelsea £13,721,721
Manchester City £11,179,817
Tottenham £9,787,676
Liverpool £9,400,973
Newcastle £7,294,018

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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24 comments so far

  • Markaccus

    Jan 7, 2014 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #1

    Seriously. Agents are making a mockery of the transfer system. Players should start sacking them.

  • total toonage

    Jan 7, 2014 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #2

    I say give that shola ameobi a chance. That lads got potential.

  • Markaccus

    Jan 7, 2014 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #3

    Thats a blog killer, that one!

  • Ben3arfa

    Jan 7, 2014 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #4

    Bafe Gomis wants to move to Marseilles and not to us , hence why he is telling his agents to make the move impossible.

    Too bad Lyon would rather sell to us now and not lose him for free to a rival at the end of the season.


  • Markaccus

    Jan 7, 2014 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #5

    Time to stop effing about. Sign a goal scorer who can do a.cisse and get us maybe 12-15 goals this half season, and a centre back cover for the injuries. That would see us to summer and should get us pushing into the top 6.

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 7, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #6


    agents are fine for me, at the end of the day if players/clubs dont want to sign/pay that much they simply don’t have to.

    There was a good piece on sky saying how agents in the UK are very highly regulated and licensed where in other countries people have free reign and FIFA want to deregulate it entirely.

    Agents were interviewed and they agreed there were some bad ones but most do actually look after players and ultimately players make the decision to sign or not.

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 7, 2014 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #7

    also if we were happy to pay 8mil in the summer for him pay the 2mil and 1 agent fee

  • SuperShearer

    Jan 7, 2014 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #8

    The agents fees are so corrupt. I work in media so deal with actor / writer / director agents a lot. In that industry it is the client (player) who pays the agent fees. The actor pays their agent 12% of any deal they do for them. That’s the way it should work in football. The buying club should not be paying the agent fees, it should be the player. Now if the player wants to negotiate that the club pay that 12% then fine but the amount should still be fixed. FIFA as always are doing a sterling job of running this sport.

  • Markaccus

    Jan 7, 2014 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #9

    T sage

    I suppose its like anything, we only hear about the negative side. Problem i have in his case, is that if baf is worth as little as 2M due to contract expiring, then then the agents are asking for a 50% fee. Lyon wont lose half the fee thats for sure, and we cant expect the player to fork out that much, so it 2M player costs us 3M plus whatever signing fee we pay him. We could end up paying 100% extra

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 7, 2014 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #10

    I seen that as well seems like that they’re not the plague on the game that people say but a necessity.

  • martoon

    Jan 7, 2014 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #11

    TS & Markaccus – The thing I don’t understand is as the agents work for the players then they should be paid by the players similar to a show biz agent who get a percentage of the performer’s fee. Surely an agent should get a certain percentage of the player’s pay over whatever length of contract is agreed BUT paid by the player not the club.

  • Markaccus

    Jan 7, 2014 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #12

    Also if his agents are worried about not getting as much as they would have last summer, then they need to blame themselves for being so greedy when we tried to sign him first time round.

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 7, 2014 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #13


    it’s not ideal, and if our agents are highly regulated as sky say, we need FIFA to do the same worldwide, not the opposite they plan to do. Will never work out perfectly and there are always people willing to take money under the table anyway, so the system can be beaten.

    But the reality is that this is how the system works now, either pay the money or don’t sign the player and move on, simple as that for me.

    Can protest/lobby for change but in the meantime the only option is to play by the current rules or not at all.

    Also football is a global business, so what we might feel is over the top for agents other countries/cultures might see as reasonable, not one answer on this.

  • catchy in norway

    Jan 7, 2014 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #14

    the clubs are as bad as agents, the clubs try to insert clauses in there contracts that might not be good for a player

    and if the club get relegated and that certain player has put in a great season but been let down by others around him, he gets punished,

    is that fair?

    players and clubs want the best for themselves

    so I have no problem with any of it, you pay or walk away simple as

  • toonaids

    Jan 7, 2014 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #15

    Personally Gomis is not a decent striker. but at 2 mill i would probably take him. Last season i only recall him scoring a hat trick against a poor lyon side then this season hes not even in the top ten goalscorers of ligue one or top of his club. 2 mill is worth it but thats about as far as i would go. have him as back up for the last week of jan
    concentrate on loaning both de jong and ba and we would be complete enough to a unreral starting 11.

  • mindshaft

    Jan 7, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #16

    Not this rubbish again, JFK and Ash obviously know the agents are going to ask for a large sum especially given that we can now buy him for 2 million. They went through this whole shenanigans last summer
    Players run down contracts to ensure they move for a fraction of their actual value but then gain a large signing on fee as well as enhanced wages, agents obviously want a cut of this money so not sure either player or agent will agree to a max percentage of fee as if someone is on a free they would get nothing

  • Markaccus

    Jan 7, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #17


    Yes it should be something like that. The player at least should sort out a standard deal with his agent instead of them slapping on a fee after everything is arranged.

  • Markaccus

    Jan 7, 2014 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #18


    In the free transfer situation, they could take percentage of the signing on fee or as martoon said, the wages over the agreed contact with the new club. Dont forget, the agents are partly responsible for letting a players contract run out in the first place.

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 7, 2014 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #19


    Also there was a great piece a year or two ago on Gazza.

    Apparently he was set to sign for man utd, driving to Old Trafford to sort out a deal (before agents were used as much, or at least he didn’t have one).

    He was all agreed to sign but ended up at spurs as their chairman rang him on the road and he said that he would get his mam and dad a car, house, sort them out etc.

    This is the prime example where and agent would say, look just get youself to old trafford. Working with man utd and Alex Ferguson could have made his life pan out totally differently as well, real shame.

  • catchy in norway

    Jan 7, 2014 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #20

    I bet nearly all top French players want to leave France with the new super tax, 85% is just crazy

  • toon1707

    Jan 7, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #21

    I personally would not have Ba back the whole circus that surrounded him every transfer window still leaves a sour taste in my mouth I would rather someone who is younger and hungrier than Ba

  • shanghai fan

    Jan 7, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #22

    It’s never simple is it… If only players could be traded on electronic exchanges, we could do away with agents altogether

  • lesh

    Jan 7, 2014 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #23

    A face saver – maybe we negotiate a deal with Lyon pay some of the agents fees. But that might just happen if the transfer fee to increase accordingly.

    Or, if Gomis really wants to join us, he could tell his agent to reduce their fee or sack the agent.

    If he won’t, then walk away.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Jan 7, 2014 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #24

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