News tonight that Swansea and Sunderland have joined Newcastle and West Ham for Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis, who Newcastle were after a year ago, but we failed to get him even though a fee close to £9M had been agreed between the two clubs.
Bafe Gomis four clubs now after him – at least
Bafe decided in January to run out the rest of his contract, otherwise Lyon would have tried to get some money for him at that time.
But if Newcastle were still in interested in the player in January, we would have thought Newcastle would have tried to get a deal done quickly, and certainly before now, because when you wait and hesitate, there will always be clubs coming in for a player – and especially a free agent.
And one of the rumors doing the rounds is that Bafe is after some big wages, and that was also true last summer, for what could be Bafe’s last contract in football, after he played five years at Lyon after signing on from Saint Etienne.
And from 2008 a certain Newcastle United were said to also be interested in signing the player, but of course we were relegated in 2009, otherwise we could have gone after him at that time.
The player turns 29 in August and he may be too old for Newcastle, and his contract runs out at the end of next month.
It appears that Swansea City star striker Wilfried Bony will move to a bigger club, after scoring 25 goals in 48 total appearances for the Welsh club in his first season in the Premier League.
And in retrospect, it’s a pity Newcastle didn’t follow up their interest in the former Vitesse striker almost a year ago, after he had scored 52 goals in 73 appearances for the Dutch club over three seasons.
Swansea are therefore on the look-out for good strikers in the summer, and West Ham have been after strikers for over a year now, with former Newcastle striker Andy Carroll proving to be injury prone.
And Sunderland are always after players Newcastle are after. 😀