Newcastle will face competition from Inter Milan and Tottenham, if they are to attempt to sign their number one transfer target last summer – Lyon’s Bafetimbi Gomis.
Bafetimbi Gomis – still a Newcastle target?
Newcastle will definitely lose Shola Ameobi in the summer when his contract runs out, we will very probably be unable to sign Loic Remy on a permanent deal after his loan deal ends, Papiss Cisse could be sold if he doesn’t come through in the last 10 games of the season, and Luuk de Jong still needs to score some goals if he is win a permanent contract when his loan spell form Borussia Dortmund ends in May.
So of the four strikers we have at the club this season, there’s a possibility that all four could leave the club in the summer, so we just hope Graham Carr and the rest of the scouting team have replacements lined up.
Newcastle bid £9M for Bafe Gomis last summer, but failed to get him to Tyneside, and now he will become a free agent in the summer, and two big clubs - Tottenham and Inter-Milan – are also after the 28 year-old French International striker.
Bafe visited Inter Milan at the end of January, when it seemed like they were going to sign him, but as far as Bafe is concerned – he has signed no pre-contract agreement with any club – yet.
That’s good news and bad news – good news that he hasn’t signed with another club, but bad news that Newcastle haven’t got him signed up.
Reports in Italy earlier in the week were saying that Inter are now favorites to sign this player in the summer, but we suppose that’s to be expected – coming out of Italy.
We have to think – or should we say that logic would suggest – that if Newcastle were willing to pay £9M for him last August, we’d be willing to sign him this summer as a free agent.
That’s would logic would suggest – but this is Newcastle United after all.
Anything can happen at Newcastle – but if we are to challenge for a top six place next season, we need to have four good strikers at the club – and Bafe could (should?) be one of them, and he wouldn’t cost too much – certainly a lot less than last summer.
What do you think?
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