Newcastle Forced To Wait On Striker Decision


28 year-old French striker Bafe Gomis cannot be accused of making decisions easily, as he has said he is going to go on vacation before making his decision on which club to join, when his contract runs out at the end of this month, and the news from Sky Sports yesterday was that Sunderland have now entered the fray.

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Bafe Gomis – will decide after his vacation

This is a (very) long running sage with Newcastle, and we first tried to sign this player in 2008, and then last season, all summer was about whether we could sign the French International striker – but in short – we didn’t.

Now he will become a free agent there are a number of clubs in for him, and this is what he has told RMS Sport:

“I will speak in due course. For now, what I need most of all is a holiday. Lots of clubs have expressed an interest in me.”

We were hoping this deal could even be wrapped up this week, but it looks like that will not happen now.

The news this week was that QPR had come in with one of those massive wage offers – using money they just don’t have.

But Newcastle are supposed to have countered with a huge offer – a £2M signing-on fee and wages of £70K/week, but we don’t know the length of the contract – probably no more than three years, given he will be 29 in August.

And of course with Sunderland now in the mix, they will want to get Gomis to the Stadium of Light.

That’s after they let it be known in no uncertain terms, that they were not happy that Jack Colback had left them as a free agent and signed on for rivals Newcastle, and they got nothing for him.

Although they were sore about Colback moving to Newcastle, it’s very rare that any club issues such a stinging statement like the one they issued.

It was both unprofessional and vindictive – and we’ll leave it at that – but it certainly didn’t reflect well on Sunderland FC.

Comments welcome.



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20 comments so far

  • Ben3arfa

    Jun 11, 2014 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #1

    what a diva, beginning to dislike his arrogance.

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  • cyprus

    Jun 11, 2014 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #2

    Is this guy that good? He sure is excited to join NUFC! Much like Colback, it would seem 😉

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  • Charlietoon

    Jun 11, 2014 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #3

    Yeah over it. We’ve been chasing him for years, if that is not enough, he is not fit to be a NUFC player. Next thing you will know he will be asking why none of his suitors one has brought him a birthday cake.

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  • cestriasteve

    Jun 11, 2014 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #4

    Cyprus, never a true word send, like Remy a complete mercenary. However where do we get a sub 10 million CF who will/should score 15+ goals per season in Europe?

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  • theartfuldodger

    Jun 11, 2014 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #5

    Its the players decision…We want him bad by the looks of it…
    Those wages over 4 yrs shows jst how desperate we are…He isnt that good and could easily flop…specially with no service..
    Also he doesent look like a player who will be easily flogged off…

    Id rather we pay a transfer fee for better players…

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  • theartfuldodger

    Jun 11, 2014 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #6

    Xisco replacement 😀

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  • ToonLynx

    Jun 11, 2014 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #7

    To be honest, I dont know whether I would be fussed if we missed out on Gomis. He has a great record in Ligue 1 but will be 29 at start of next season and I’m wondering if he will be worth the £80,000 per week which is being reported. I would rather those wages on two younger strikers who still have their best years ahead of them. Aka Lasogga and Lacazette.

    We all know that strikers are a priority for us this transfer window. I would love it if we used that to try and tempt Lukaku to Newcastle although I can imagine he would want higher wages than that and the likelyhood of that happening is next to 0.

    Are there any other strikers that you all think we should be having a look at?

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  • croftus5678

    Jun 11, 2014 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #8

    its got to the point where if we dont get a striker who can score atleast 15 goals a season we are screwed and we know that !

    gomis would fit the bill perfectly he’s by no means a great striker but he will get the job done and what other options do we have that can go straight into the team without time to settle for a low fee ?

    ilike the looks of deeney and ings but its still a lot to risk on an unproven prem striker and think gomis overall would fit in and do the job a lot faster while those 2 would take time to fit in.

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  • croftus5678

    Jun 11, 2014 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #9

    lukaku/benteke would be awsome but i very much doubt we will pay over £10mil for anyone ever again tbh.

    a target man is a hard thing to find nowadays.

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  • stuart no9

    Jun 11, 2014 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #10

    As for the colback story – yeah I can see it . As someone pointed out , it mirrors the reason Ashley bought the club in the first place , to sell on at a profit to a ready buyer . Sadly that never happened , but it has all the workings of an Ashley business deal

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  • Matt

    Jun 11, 2014 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #11

    Basically he’s waiting to see who offers him the most money one final big payday he’s known of our interest for a long time and still not sure what he’s doing f#?k him off I say and move on to another target

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  • nut meg

    Jun 11, 2014 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #12

    I wish we would just move on from this Gomis pantomine,it’s really boring the tits off me now. time to move to another target.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 11, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #13

    Croftus,
    Lukaku would be the dream one for me, but absolutely no chance of that now. Maybe if we had taken him on loan last year, then he may be keen to link up here again (although given Pardew and the season we had……). Now though, if Everton don’t go back in for him I expect he will head abroad.

    I find it incredible that Mourinho is not interested in utilising the closest thing to Drogba I have seen in the Prem.

    On Gomis, I didn’t want him last summer, and I still don’t want him. 15 goals a season in the Prem? I think he will struggle to get that. Still, it has got to the point where we are so desperate for a striker that I would have him, purely because at the rate we work who knows what we end up with.

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  • couchy-spennymoor-mags

    Jun 11, 2014 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #14

    More like waiting to see who offers him the most money. If he really wanted to sign for us,he would do it before his “vacation” let’s just ditch our interest and find someone else who hs a free agent

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  • musomag

    Jun 11, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #15

    He’s probably already bored of the Ashley mob’s constant haggling over transfer fees and wages, having witnessed their work for almost two years now. If we’d just stumped up at the start we would probably have got him at 27 when he might just have been worth some of the fuss surrounding him.

    Right now I’d just tell him where to go. He’ll need a LONG vacation to stock up on enough gratis hotel soap to see out a spell at Sunderland, and they’re welcome to him.
    We’ve already signed a hard grafting midfielder with pace and a point to prove as well as a supposed ‘whiz kid’ in Perez so if our genius owner could for once in his tenure cough up the actual market value of a Premier League quality striker AND sign one of the number of proven PL defenders that are currently available then we might just have a squad.

    Get rid of lots of dead wood players and make a few quality signings. Great.
    BUT risk getting rid of Ben Arfa without first signing some extreme creativity and we’re completely f#cked. Instant relegation.

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  • lochinvar

    Jun 11, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #16

    By all means let Gomis visit the dark side city and wander the streets along with 4,999 marathon runners looking for the finishing line. After that he can go back home as we have better options than a £2m fee plus £80,000 per week which is obscene. I would rather we bought two up and coming strikers with something to prove and who would bring energy and effort to the front line and who will probably score as many goals as Gomis or do the real deal for Lukakau – you know it makes sense.

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  • lesh

    Jun 11, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #17

    Money and ambition speak volumes and it appears that we don’t talk that language anymore.

    Ashley’s got us into this black hole and getting out of it’s not gonna be easy, if at all possible.

    He’s pi$$ed about with supposed interest too much and sadly, we’ll have a reputation that people’ll want to steer well clear of.

    Time to move on from Gomis and withdraw any offer, if any and get moving smartish!

    Empty seats loom large at SJP, sad to say.

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  • Matt

    Jun 11, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #18

    Musomag

    Couldn’t agree more spot on

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  • Sav

    Jun 11, 2014 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #19

    When we have bought (for those who can remember that far back) it is often off the tabloids’ radar. That is a good thing and I hope is the case now, even if it is frustrating for fans in the dark to be linked with donkeys like Gomis and other non-runners.

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  • Sav

    Jun 11, 2014 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #20

    Meanwhile… while Cabella is at the WCup doubling his value, why are we not all over Grenier who isn’t??

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