Newcastle May Be Forced To Swoop For Bafe Gomis

The Daily Mail is reporting that Newcastle United had hoped to sign long-term striker target Bafe Gomis in the summer, when he becomes a free agent after his five year contract at Lyon comes to an end at the end of June.

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Bafe Gomis – Newcastle may be forced to go after him this month

But with Italian powerhouse Inter-Milan taking an interest in the striker, and Bafe Gomis visiting the club yesterday, Newcastle may have to change their plans, and quickly too.

We had been wondering why Newcastle had made no attempt to sign Bafe in January, since he can be bought for about one third of the price Newcastle were willing to pay for him last summer.

Apparently Bafe has even started to learn English in anticipation of joining Newcastle in the summer.

We don’t know if this report is true, but it makes sense that Newcastle would not turn their backs on a player they had been very keen to sign for £9M just six months ago, and now could be signed for around £3M.

But if this report is true, Newcastle will need to move very quickly, if indeed Inter-Milan are interested in signing the French International striker this month, which seems likely.

Gomis has continued his good goal-scoring form this season for Lyon, with 13 goals in 23 appearances for the club this season.

And Newcastle’s interest in this striker goes back to 2008, when he was still at Saint Etienne.

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17 comments so far

  • santonthenewmaldini

    Jan 25, 2014 at 11:37 PM

    Comment #1

    Thing is our backups who are not good are actually on a good wage Arfa, Marveux , Obertan , Cisse and Shola will be on decent wages we could potentially get better younger players on smaller wages

    You look at Southampton they do not have great strength in depth in terms of internationals they just play a youngster who eventually becomes a starter I personally dont think our current crop of youngsters are as good as the likes of Luke Shaw etc so we need to get better ones in

    Who knows our next crop of youngsters coming through could produce a star or 2

  • santonthenewmaldini

    Jan 25, 2014 at 11:37 PM

    Comment #2

    On Gomis I hope we dont sign him as I reckon he would be shite if thats who we are going for we should just sign someone like Kenwyne Jones as he is about the same level

  • Harley

    Jan 25, 2014 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #3

    Looks like the plan might be to get de Jong on loan til the end of the season then get gomis on a free.

    Then sign de Jong up and sell cisse.

    As easy as that.

  • jayphoto

    Jan 26, 2014 at 12:01 AM

    Comment #4

    Sign him up! Hes not the best! We could do a damn site better! But hes better than we’ve got and it’ll improve the team!! Him and De jong up front is actually a strong, fairly quick partnership that would cause many a defense a problem

  • mag

    Jan 26, 2014 at 12:01 AM

    Comment #5

    Looks like another Sunday newspaper making up a story,Gomis won’t sign. Maybe De Jong at a push if they can sell Cisse or Cabaye.

  • donegalmag

    Jan 26, 2014 at 12:07 AM

    Comment #6

    Marty-toon sorry been off since last post…I’m in buncrana..been to Donegal town a few times..have a mate who works in the castle bar

  • stuart no9

    Jan 26, 2014 at 12:17 AM

    Comment #7

    I fear another frustrating January . Another few months of struggling to maintain what we have and hope that injuries be kept to a minimum . Do we really deserve this year in year out ? Our only hope is not on the pitch , but a change of owner . I live for that day when we can have a decent run in the cup or when we can beat the Mackems again . Not a lot to ask for is it? But something not achievable while Ashly is in charge and pardew is manager . Sigh !

  • colotheclown

    Jan 26, 2014 at 12:27 AM

    Comment #8


    Haha sometimes I can even sympathise with Pardew!

    Yes I think you’re pretty spot on, to become a top top team the bench minimum needs to be of a similar standard to the first xi, with different options. We have anita, ben arfa, taylor…and yanga and cisse on their day, who fit the bill. But it’s not enough, the likes of obertan or sameobi even being in contention is a joke tbh.

    And it’s not just us, United’s pool seems to have shrunk also, their bench is also lacking besides hernandez, and look where they are this season.

    1 or 2 signings and we’d be laughing. None and we’ll feel the same frustration as when we finished 5th, of lost potential.

  • Graeme

    Jan 26, 2014 at 12:28 AM

    Comment #9

    It sounds very much like the “Line” we have to get thes players over has been reinforced while we wern’t looking!!! Its going to be damn near impossible at this rate.

    Now, isn’t that a shock eh??!!!!!


    Jan 26, 2014 at 1:42 AM

    Comment #10

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jan 26, 2014 at 6:16 AM

    Comment #11

    The thought of just getting De Jong through the door on loan makes me cringe if im honest.

    Only because he isn’t happy and could may be available for a knock down price in the summer. Because lets be honest here, if he was doing OK and was happy we wouldn’t be anywhere near interested would we?

    Good idea to test before we buy no doubt but:

    2 loan strikers over the course of a full season is just a disgrace for a club like NUFC. Boy do I dislike the way we operate, it goes against any sort of ambition or progression and growth as a team.

    That’s my own personal thoughts anyway.

    It was admitted we were waiting for a high bid for Cabaye over the summer and that’s why we didn’t conduct any transfer business apart from Remy.

    The same is happening all over again.

    It’s a disgrace waiting for sales of our top players before we buy. NUFC is alot better than this. Especially coming off the back of a high TV windfall.

    Utter greed and mediocrity if you ask me.

  • jazzyp

    Jan 26, 2014 at 6:32 AM

    Comment #12

    Toon prodigy
    Morning mate- ive got to agree with ya re the way Nufc seem to operate around the transfer window. How does the owner expect to conduct a thriving buisiness by just ticking over and by just bringing in loan signings.
    What if de jong doesnt work out and we send him packing back to his parent club- remy leaves us- shola gone-cisse sold,cabs and colo posibly gone come the summer months……..nufc are gonna be in a whole world of crap !!

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jan 26, 2014 at 6:56 AM

    Comment #13


    I just cannot see how we are supposed to grow and progress under this regime and structure we have.

    We have to sell our best players before we buy unless we are desperate and in danger of being relegated.

    We let windows tick by without expanding and increasing the quality of our squad which halts our progression.

    Loans are the way forward now apparantly, so, loaned players going back to their parent clubs.

    Our players won’t know who they are playing with season after season. If they do well they go home if they don’t they are shipped out. Why wasn’t Remy tied down beforehand? Why wasn’t something written into his contract? Because we won’t pay him £80,000 a week.

    Basically, we are a big footballing supermarket. Come and play for us for a season we will put you in our shop window, we will make you better then get yourself away to where ever. If your no good, well back you go aswell.

    We constantly miss windows of opportunity to progress because we diddle daddle about looking for loopholes and unhappy players. Then we waste time trying to get the cheapest possible deal, which going by the summers antics is doing nothing but insulting other clubs.

    Why hire Graham Carr? Im sure a private detective would be cheaper? He could do what he does. Dig into and fish about in players contracts.

    Carrs list of contacts are no more than a bunch of French hackers haha.

  • Bambams

    Jan 26, 2014 at 8:02 AM

    Comment #14

    Chaps i mentioned a few weeks ago about a talk-in i was at where a former player (well respected by us all) gave a heads up into the running of the club.
    The one point i want to bring up again is JFK. He was totally clear about the role JFK had, this was to stop in coming transfers and deflect the blame from Ash.
    The talk-in was in October and this is the first chance we have to see if he is correct. This window is probably the clearest one we have in identifying how ambitious Ash is.
    We are not going to get relegated, we are in a safe place but if we were to sign a couple of very good players CL or Europe competition could be reached.
    JFK has not exactly pulled up any trees yet….. Time will tell.

  • Bambams

    Jan 26, 2014 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #15


    Spot on well said.

    Nail on the head !

  • Marty-Toon

    Jan 26, 2014 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #16

    Donegal mag
    I know the place well and know those that own the place and some of those working there but I’ve been living in Norway for almost ten years

  • Lee Dodd

    Jan 26, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #17

    I think we all know by Saturday the only transfer movement we will have will be Jonas To Norwich and that’s it . We will be told Agents asking to much money etc same old crap. Anyway we are not in any cups etc and Mike Ashley and Everyone knows this squad is good enough to keep us up so he wont spend a penny. If we wanted a top striker we would have got Remy Sown up …


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