The news late last night was that Newcastle are close to their third signing of the season, the second should be free agent Sunderland midfielder Jack Colback in the next day or two – and it looks like Newcastle will finally be getting Bafe Gomis to Newcastle as the next man through the door.
Bafe Gomis – Newcastle very close to a deal
We’ve talked a bit this summer about why Newcastle didn’t do a deal for Bafe sooner than this, since he’s a free agent on July 1st – and other clubs will be coming in for him.
We thought his age – he’s 29 in August – may have been a factor, but the waiting has allowed QPR to come in again with a very late bid of huge wages in trying for a second time to scuttle a Newcastle deal – which they did in January last year with Loic Remy.
But as we mentioned last night Newcastle are wiser now, and we also suspect owner Mike Ashley doesn’t like to lose out twice in succession to anybody – including big spending QPR owner Tony Fernandes.
So the news is that Newcastle have quickly countered QPR’s wage offer for Gomis with an even bigger one, and the news is that it could even be north of £70K/week, and if reports are accurate we are now extremely close to wrapping up the deal.
We’ve always thought that Gomis would be a good signing for Newcastle, even though he’s getting a bit old – well at least for Newcastle – but he has a solid record of goal scoring in his career, and after five good years at Lyon he scored 94 goals in 243 total appearances and also had 23 assists.
While at previous club Saint Etienne, when Newcastle were also interested in him back in 2008, he scored 47 goals and had 17 assists in 154 games.
And if do sign Gomis, it will have been a long wait for the French International, who always said he wanted to join Newcastle.
And if we can get Colback and Gomis through the door this week, it looks like Lee Charnley is starting to get the job done at Newcastle.
However, we will not have spent much money at all yet – with Colback and Gomis being free agents, and Perez costing around £1.6M from Tenerife.
It could be time to go in and offer some real money for Montpellier winger Remy Cabella – and the sooner the better – and even for Gomis’ striker partner at Lyon – Alexandre Lacazette.