Newcastle Transfer Target Could Now Be Too Old

When Lee Charnley was appointed as the new Managing Director at Newcastle United yesterday, Lee reiterated the way the club is run, and went into detail in various different areas, including the transfer market.

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Bafe Gomis – 28 year-old Lyon striker

This is some of what Lee Charnley said about our transfer policy, in the statement that was released:

“Our transfer policy and strategy is very clear and will remain unchanged. We will focus on identifying and recruiting young players whose best years are ahead of them, which in nearly all cases means players in their early to mid-20s and not beyond.”

We had talked earlier in the week about two potential strikers that Newcastle could sign this summer – Bafe Gomis of Lyon, who was our number one target last summer, and Alfred Finnbogason, the Iceland striker who plays at Dutch club Heerenveen.

Alfred is 25 and fits within the age limits Lee talks about above, but Bafe will turn 29 in early August, and Newcastle could well think he is too old to sign him in the summer.

Newcastle did sign Mathieu Debuchy 15 months ago when he was 27, and he turned 28 last July, but Mathieu has turned out to be an excellent acquisition for the club, and has been one of our very best players this season.

So it will be interesting to see whether Newcastle will target Bafetimbi Gomis this summer, especially when he will now be a free agent, and much cheaper than he was last summer.

And when we are linked with any player who is 30 years old or even older this summer, that’s a good sign that the news is not true, and that Newcastle are not interested in the player.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 8, 2014 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #1

    Chris Hughton’s last fourteen games: 13 points
    (7 losses, 4 draws, 3 wins. 10 goals for, 20 against)

    Here’s the record that will see Pardew get a bonus:

    Alan Pardew’s last fourteen games: 13 points
    (9 defeats, 1 draw, 4 wins. 9 goals for, 27 against)

  • wolfshead@toon

    Apr 8, 2014 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #2

    nufc 46 pts> 9th pos norwich 32pts>17th pos

  • ilovetoon8788

    Apr 8, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #3

    nice stats. we are playing like relegation fodders form.

  • Mister Tuff

    Apr 8, 2014 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #4

    markaccus you posted -“It is a fact that you believe that we should all accept abuse from people who do not share the same opinion, rather than simply debate it.”
    How you arrived at this comment -bewilders me.
    My original post was intended as a reminder that this is a football blog and that there was an expected level of robust debate. In no way did I suggest that abuse should be accepted – for you to suggest based on what I said, that I believe we should accept abuse – well you are seeing things that are not there. I’ve challenged folk on here for racism, sexism previously for insults – you obviously have see those posts -or turned a blind eye.

  • the truth will out

    Apr 8, 2014 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #5

    it stinks the way it is run, younger players bought not stepping up. it will bite them on the arse unless proper replacements don’t come in

  • the truth will out

    Apr 8, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #6

    watch for the january panic buys and freebies

  • Mister Tuff

    Apr 8, 2014 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #7

    have see those posts = have not seen those posts

  • Markaccus

    Apr 8, 2014 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #8


    …… because of all the “boo hoo” nonsense you came out with was aimed at people who had left the blog for a while or even permanently due to abuse. Robust debate doesn’t come into it. People on the internet can get down right evil with some comments. It gets out of hand everywhere online, but for some reason football seems to be exempt from reproach because its…..well, because its football. Nobody left because of “robust debate” (whatever you mean by that), they left because of abuse.

    This is how you original post came across. Now, if i have misunderstood, i appologise, but it did seem like you thought people should stay and be abused.

    And fair play if you have picked out racism et.c in the past. I would not have been so imediately harsh towards you had i seen that. Again, sorry if i have misunderstood you.

  • toonluvva

    Apr 8, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #9

    Is Charnley just going to follow Mr Ashleys Sports Direct style approach?

    We need to be looking to improve the squad by identifying those areas that we are lacking strength in. Currently, in my opinion, strikers and central defenders.

    I am sure that a lot of supporters do not expect us to suddenly be able to match Chelski, ManU and Citeh in terms of cash outlay , but we need to bring in good quality players who can move the team forward now and not just slowly appreciate in value to be sold for a profit later. Cabaye anyone?

  • Mag52

    Apr 8, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #10

    Rotunda @1
    Come off it Rotunda! Talk about selective use of statistics. Why not match up Hughton’s first fourteen matches against Pardew’s. You might then see why we are sitting in the top half of the table while Norwich are down there in the bottom half.(Plus,of course, had we been threatened with relegation during those last fourteen matches, the total points secured might have been very different)

  • G

    Apr 8, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #11

    Meanwhile on the headline, never mind his age, the bloke is slower than a brain damaged Essex girl.


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