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.
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?