There is a report today in the Mail that Newcastle striker target Bafetimbi Gomis will be traveling to London today, and it’s to meet with various suitors to see if the free agent French International can make a deal with some Premier League clubs, and it’s all been arranged by his new adviser Willie McKay.
Bafe Gomis – in London today
But we had a report out only yesterday in the Journal, that Newcastle were no longer interested in the player for basically two reasons – one was that he will be 29 in August and presumably too old for Newcastle, and the other – said to be the main reason – was that his wage demands were too high (for frugal Newcastle).
And so the clubs said to be interested do not include Newcastle this time, and they are said to be West Ham, Swansea and Sunderland – who all finished in the lower half of the Premier League last season.
And Gomis’ new savvy adviser Willie McKay has those clubs exactly where they want them – it will become a bidding war on compensation and wages – and the best and biggest offer will win the day.
This is what the Scot has said as an opening salvo:
“Bafetimbi is one of the best free agents in Europe at the moment. He’s quick, strong and most important scores goals…will somebody start the bidding at eighty grand a week.”
There you go – perfect – so you know why Willie is one of the best agents in the football world.
There’s not much to the Mail report – that’s it basically – that he will be in London and that three clubs are after him.
But it wouldn’t surprise us too much we suppose, if Newcastle are not one of the clubs in the auction for him, since Lee Charnley did stress in March that Newcastle still want younger players coming in over the summer, whose best days are still ahead of them.
There could be some movement on this in a few days, and it could well be that after Newcastle have been involved for almost two years to get the player, we walk away from the table, and we’ve seen this play before.
This time the Journal and other new outlets could be right – and it’s the wages that are too high.
What do you think?