Bafe Gomis was our number one target last summer, but we failed to bring the striker to Newcastle even though a fee of around £9M was agreed for the player, but the news was that his agents were too greedy, and wanted too much money from Newcastle to close the deal, and Newcastle didn’t get him to Tyneside.
Bafe Gomis of Lyon - is he too old for Newcastle?
Another Newcastle target – Alexandre Lacazette – is in the background
But Gomis will be 29 in August, and new Managing Director Lee Charnley has already reiterated that we will continue our strategy of signing players around 26 years old or younger, whose best years are ahead of them.
Its been obvious that Gomis would leave Lyon in the summer for a long time, but Football Direct News is reporting the news today as if it was a big deal, and they report that both Newcastle and Tottenham could be in for the striker.
After a bit of a tempestuous summer with his club Lyon, Bafe – to his credit as a professional – settled in for the last year of his five years at Lyon ,and he had a very decent season, and scored 17 goals in 34 total appearances for Lyon last season, a very decent record.
With Shola Ameobi not apparently willing to stay on at the club, Newcastle may have to bring in as many as three top first team strikers this summer, so we only hope that if Bafe is not a target – we can get three good strikers through the door before September rolls around.
And even Papiss Cisse, who seems like he will be staying on Tyneside, failed to impress when Loic Remy was out injured – and if it wasn’t for the Frenchman last season, Newcastle would never have finished in the top ten.
Newcastle may be forced to bring somebody like Bafe Gomis in, just to ensure we have enough goal scoring power power next season.
As a free agent and so much cheaper than he was last summer, we think Bafe would be a good signing for Newcastle, even if he is a year older.
What do you think?