Newcastle’s Top Target Available This Summer

Newcastle last summer tried to sign their top transfer target Bafetimbi Gomis, and the player still shows no sign of signing a new deal at Lyon, and therefore he will be available as a free agent in the summer,  when his five year deal at the French club ends.

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Bafe Gomis – available this summer as a free agent

With Newcastle more in need of good strikers this summer than last summer, we hope that the Magpies will go after the 12 times capped French International striker.

Newcastle were willing to pay £9M for him last summer, but at that time Director of Football Joe Kinnear couldn’t close the deal, for one reason or another.

It is now likely that Newcastle Secretary Lee Charnley will be handling the transfer deals for Newcastle this summer, and maybe Lee will be able to get a deal tied up for Bafe – and sooner rather than later.

Gomis has had a good five years at Lyon, and in 232 appearances he’s scored 91 goals with 22 assists, and this season Bafe has 19 goals in 38 appearances.

With QPR on-loan striker Loic Remy and veteran striker Shola Ameobi leaving the club this summer, and Luuk de Jong struggling to make an impact on loan from Borussia Monchengladbach, Newcastle may need to bring in as many as three strikers this summer.

Newcastle were interested in signing Gomis when he was still at St. Etienne back in 2008, so there have a couple of times we have tried to sign this striker.

As a free agent and our top target last summer for £9M, Bafe Gomis could be a bargain signing this summer for  Newcastle.

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27 comments so far

  • jimmysmith

    Mar 27, 2014 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #1

    Gomis is much more athletic than DeJong, who simply looks too much of a plodder to have any real impact in the EPL. Dummett too, I fear hasn’t the pace or mobility to be an EPL fullback, maybe a CB, but probably not either.

  • Sav

    Mar 27, 2014 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #2

    I doubt he’s a patch on Lukaku or, for that matter, Demba Ba. But then he’s on a free and that seems to be the first consideration upstairs at the Toon these days.

  • blew

    Mar 27, 2014 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #3

    Back to Gomis again, we are short
    of new features. I hope he finds a
    club in a league at his level and I
    never hear his name again.

  • usmagpie

    Mar 27, 2014 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #4

    Here we go again with GOMIS!!!!!!!!!!!
    Well if we want to get him and he is not costing any money, Newcastle should offer him a bumper salary so other clubs cannot compete. Now that would be a move in the right direction.

  • NewcastleMole

    Mar 27, 2014 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #5

    Pointless discussing transfers, only torturing ourselves.
    We’ll only be disappointed as usual.

  • geordie157

    Mar 27, 2014 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #6

    I don’t really want gomis. But if we sign him, ba and a pacey striker I’d be fairly happy.

    Menez on a free would be better!

  • Ginger

    Mar 27, 2014 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #7


    If we offered Gomis extra wages the rest of the team would want a boost as well, plus he’s unproven in the premier league, plus he’s relatively old so if he starts to play badly we’ll be stuck with his colossal wages.

    If he wants to join us then I’d gladly have him here, he seems a canny striker. If not, then simply don’t get him. No point giving him extra wages.

  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 27, 2014 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #8

    14Jail for Ashley // Mar 27, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    Bite your tongue

    Don’t say that he’s already biting

    Ha ha ha

  • soundoid

    Mar 27, 2014 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #9

    Ok chaps what do we have to play for this season? Finishing above man united and southampton. If we do this we will have more power in the transfer market. The next few games are really important If we can finish 7th above Man U that would be a real plus. They will drop points. We are not going to get into Europe but a 7th finish will give us the chance to get some good players in. What do you think?

  • jimmysmith

    Mar 27, 2014 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #10

    We keep complaining about Ashley. But the players are just as bad. Mercenaries to a man. Never bet against self interest in football, or in life generally speaking. But never in football.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Mar 28, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #11

    I wonder where Shola will end up.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Mar 28, 2014 at 12:01 AM

    Comment #12

    Is Menez really available? That is a bargain right there. That would be my first sigining and I would start negotiations with him and Cabella right now. Gomis doesn’t fill me with confidence and is like a slight improvement over Strolla in my eyes (though who isn’t an improvement from Strolla ffs). That been said I think we desperately need attacking midfielders / wingers and at least 2 proper strikers to lift this team once again. That’s not even taking the defense into account that once again has to be looked at as Saylor is not up to scratch and is very injury prone (though I love the fact he wears his heart on his sleeve every game) and Captain Colo will probably be leaving this summer.

    We have to act very fast and early this time if we are to make this window a success as the World Cup has come at a terrible time for us.

  • jimmysmith

    Mar 28, 2014 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #13

    Shola should go to the J league, earn a kings ransom and be a genuine star in a technically excellent league in front of big passionate crowds in world class stadiums. He’d be too big and powerful for J league defences to handle and despite the criticism he gets at EPL level, he does have great skills for a big man.


    Mar 28, 2014 at 12:31 AM

    Comment #14

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  • Unbelievable Tekkers

    Mar 28, 2014 at 1:06 AM

    Comment #15

    Im not saying im desperate for us to get Gomis but im not sure why everybody is so against him. He’s consistently scored goals and this season alone has scored more goals than Remy ever has in one season (16).

  • Kamikaze Koala

    Mar 28, 2014 at 1:06 AM

    Comment #16

    Just had a nightmare where Strolla wins the golden boot at the world cup, gets a contract extension and pardew says it like a new signing!!! how could i satisfy the murderess intent i would have after?

  • Marty-Toon

    Mar 28, 2014 at 6:24 AM

    Comment #17

    Ryan Taylor will be like a new signing is surely something we’ll hear about.
    I’m already worried about next season.
    We are looking lightweight ATM and with all those that’ll be out the door we will look extremely thin.
    The way we’ve dealt in the transfer market the last couple of times doesn’t give me any hope of 3 strikers of any quality coming in,never mind a quality replacement for Cabaye or a top winger and CB.
    Great to see Armstrong coming through but he will probably be an excuse saying that he will bring something to the group,yet he is untried (apart from 3 mins) in the PL.
    Can’t say he’ll boss PL defenders and score a hatful but I’m hoping I’m wrong,hopefully he’s got a bright future bangin em in for us.

  • dufuss

    Mar 28, 2014 at 6:27 AM

    Comment #18

    i fear the biggest hammering loss to soton this season

  • Marty-Toon

    Mar 28, 2014 at 6:50 AM

    Comment #19

    If we go with two strikers,then they’ll run riot on us in the middle of the park

  • bobby mango

    Mar 28, 2014 at 6:51 AM

    Comment #20

    Gomis our top target? An under achiever, on a free, best years behind him.
    Shows our ambition.

  • jazzyp

    Mar 28, 2014 at 7:12 AM

    Comment #21

    Nothing has changed on gomis from last season where we were wiiling to pay 9 mill. So on a freebie…… Im sure Mr ashley will be interested.
    Thought Ldj looked the biz when he arrived, but has looked less likely to become a toon player with every game he plays. Needs to bang in 5-6 goals to have a chance of clinching any permanent deal

  • Blofal

    Mar 28, 2014 at 7:24 AM

    Comment #22

    Your right Marty… but if we go 5 in the midfield who is going to be the 5th midfielder? We have Gosling, Ben Arfa, Marveaux and Santon who is coming back from injury. Can’t see any of them starting tbh. Maybe Gosling since he is the best defensively. We have a serious lack of depth. Not sure if Sammy is back yet either.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 28, 2014 at 7:28 AM

    Comment #23

    I hope you don’t really believe we were willing to pay 9M for Gomis, if so I hope a gang of Nigerian cold callers never get hold of your number, it always has been the plan to fuddle along until he can be got for free, if somebody gazumps us at the final hurdle then so be it, just another one of Mashers little gambles that has his pockets rather than the clubs best interests at heart, if we’d have been in trouble, he’d have been signed in January for the reported 3M.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Mar 28, 2014 at 7:35 AM

    Comment #24

    Thought Gomis was heading for Italy if he can’t get a move to Marsielle?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 28, 2014 at 7:42 AM

    Comment #25

    If it’s true that he could have been bought for 3M then wtf not, some people will argue that Mashers has been so clever and saved the club 3M, but we could have had a half season to bed him in and more options to play with LDJ and Cisse, now it’s not even guaranteed he will sign for free leaving us with only one striker we know for sure will be here, is the hard working Gouffran really a striker or a old fashioned 11.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Mar 28, 2014 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #26

    Isn’t all this just speculation and hear say?

  • usmagpie

    Mar 28, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #27


    Slightly agree but this is why we can never build a solid team, we don’t pay to keep and we don’t pay to get. At some point I would like to see Newcastle battle for the prem, but if the thinking is don’t pay don’t get, well this will never happen. The difference between Man City and Chelsea owners is they do take risks. And sometimes the players they get are not so good for the prem but they win titles and that’s what every Newcastle United supporter should want. For me being born in Ashington and supporting Newcastle since before birth as my father would tell me, I would like very much to see us win one title in my lifetime.


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