There’s news in the French press – in France Football – today that Bafe Gomis will sign for Swansea City next week, when he travels to south Wales.
Bafe Gomis – signing for Swansea?
Newcastle have been after Gomis for over a year now, but he turns 29 in August, and maybe he was too old for Newcastle, but Swansea City also beat Newcastle to one of our striker targets last summer – Wilfried Bony.
Bony is now expected to leave Swansea this summer and join a bigger club, although he is now worth around £20M, and Swansea paid only £13M for him last summer.
There was news recently from Bony’s agent that he was offered to Newcastle for £10M last summer, but Newcastle didn’t think he was worth the money.
Gomis is thought to be a replacement for the Ivory Coast striker, who will now be sold this summer, but his agent has said he wants to join an ambitious club who are in the Champions League.
That isn’t Newcastle United.
The 29 year-old French free agent had a number of offers from various English clubs – including Newcastle, Sunderland, QPR and West Ham, as well as Swansea, and it seems he went to the highest bidder, which of course was not Newcastle.
There was news a couple of weeks ago that Newcastle had offered Gomis a £2M signing on fee, and £70K/week over three years, but we suppose that must have been paper talk.
The Chronicle has reported that Gomis was only a backup striker for Newcastle, in case we couldn’t get some of our top targets to the club, which include Ecuador striker Enner Valencia.
France Football is reporting that Swansea is a surprise choice for Gomis, since Newcastle had been trailing the striker for some time.
But it looks like the ambitious club President his agent Willie McKay had said he was communicating with a couple of weeks ago, was in fact Huw Jenkins, the Chairman of Swansea City.
Let’s hope we can get some of them through the door, because if the France Football report is accurate, Bafe Gomis will not be arriving on Tyneside this summer.