Joe Kinnear failed to make any permanent signing at Newcastle in the eight months he was Director of Football, and our major target last summer was Bafe Gomis of Lyon.
Bafe Gomis – Tottenham interested
The word that was put out on Gomis, after we failed to get him last summer, was that Newcastle had agreed a fee with Lyon and wages with Gomis, but the deal was stalled by his agents wanting exorbitant fees.
We don’t know if that was true, but this summer, Bafe will be a free agent having served out his five year contract at Lyon.
Since joining Lyon from St Etienne in the summer of 2009, when he was also a target of Newcastle’s, he has played 220 times for the French club with 87 goals and 20 assists.
And there’s news that Tottenham are now interested in signing Gomis, and certainly Spurs need some scoring power brought in over the summer.
Newcastle also need to bring in some strikers since we will lose Loic Remy, Shola Ameobi and maybe even Papiss Cisse this summer.
Spurs have been in the Europa League and the Champions League in recent seasons, and they are 7 points ahead of Newcastle in the league in 6th place, and have a decent chance of qualifying for the Europa League.
That could be an advantage in the London club trying to sign Gomis, as he would get European football and would also be in the nation’s capital.
But an advantage Newcastle have is that we have many French players in the squad, and he would presumably settle down quickly on Tyneside.
It’s difficult to know what Gomis is thinking, and who he favors this summer, but he has said he is learning English for his new career in England.
But of course that could be at Tottenham.
Bafe said recently that he has not yet signed a pre-contract agreement with any club – so Newcastle did not move quickly to get him signed up in January, for a move in the summer.
You would have thought Newcastle would have been keen to do that, after we were so interested in the player last summer, and bid around £10M for the player, and he’s available this summer as a free agent.
Why does that not really surprise us? 🙁
What do you think?
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