Olympique Lyonnais Chairman Jean-Michel Aulas has been speaking to the French press again, and now he definitely wants to sell his striker Bafe Gomis in January, just like he wanted to sell him last summer.
Bafe Gomis – to be sold this month
And the reason for that is that Bafe has again turned down a new deal, to extend his five-year stay at the French club past June, when his contract will run out and he will become a free agent – and Lyon will get nothing for him.
This is what Aulas said today:
“I offered him a new contract, and unfortunately it will not happen. My aim is to sell him this January.”
Bafe is back playing regularly again for Lyon, after being moved down to train with the Reserves during the summer, and he’s got a decent record this season, having scored 12 goals in 20 games for the French club.
In his four and half years at Lyon he’s played a total 214 times with 84 goals and 20 assists, which is not a bad record.
But if Newcastle had Bafe at the top of the list this month, we would have expected some move to already have been made by Joe Kinnear, after we apparently just failed to sign the 12 times capped French International in August.
That’s what happened a year ago, when we signed Mathieu Debuchy early in January, after failing to sign him the previous summer.
The news yesterday was that Gomis’ agents were asking £1M for the privilege of having Newcastle sign their client from Lyon, and we assume Newcastle are again balking at those demands.
Gomis is reported to be keen to join the Tyneside club.
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