Newcastle have done well to get Jack Colback to Newcastle, and they were helped by the Geordie lad wanting to play from his home town club, but in all fairness they seemed to have handled the move very well, which cannot be said for Sunderland, who took a cheap shot at their former player yesterday after he left the club.
Bafe Gomis – Newcastle offering big wages and signing on fee
The French newspaper L’Equipe are reporting today that Newcastle have offered Bafetimbi Gomis a staggering £2M signing-on fee and wages of around £70K/week to get the free agent to Newcastle, after QPR moved in for him and offered him huge wages recently and tried to hijack the deal – much like they did with Loic Remy a year last January.
Newcastle almost had the striker to Newcastle last summer, but for some reason Joe Kinnear couldn’t get the deal finalized, and at the time it was supposed to be because his agents were asking for huge fees to close the deal.
But it’s not yet a done deal for the Tyneside club this summer either, and Galatasaray have always been interested in taking Gomis to Turkey, and Fenerbahce are also said to be interested in signing the player.
Newcastle were willing to pay a £9M transfer fee for Gomis last summer, so this deal is still cheaper than that one, and even though his wages would be huge, it could still be a good deal for Newcastle, and we need an experienced striker in the ranks this summer – that’s for sure.
But why Newcastle have left it this late to sign a striker they were interested in since last summer, we don’t know.
It seems it would have been better if we had tried to get the French International signed up earlier in the year, before all these other clubs became interested in the free agent.
Anyway, there may even be news before the World Cup starts on Thursday, as to whether Newcastle have been successful in making their third signing of the summer.
Let’s hope we are successful in finally getting Gomis to Newcastle – what a transfer sage this one has turned out to be.
What do you think?