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.
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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