News today that French striker Bafe Gomis has indeed agreed terms with Swansea City, after meeting with the south Wales club earlier this week, and if this news is accurate it will be the second time in twelve months that Swansea have beaten Newcastle United to one of our striker targets – as they shelled out £13M for top striker Wilfried Bony – after Newcastle had turned down the chance to sign him for £10M earlier last summer, because the Magpies didn’t think he was worth that fee.
The Ivory Coast striker is now worth close to £20M, and will in all likelihood leave Swansea and join a club playing in the Champions League this summer.
Bafe Gomis – ready to sign for Swansea
It certainly doesn’t look good for Newcastle when a side like Swansea – who were a club who almost went out of existence back in 2002 – seem to have more ambition than Newcastle United, who were in the top four in the Premier League when Swansea were struggling to stay alive.
How things have changed, and not for the better at Newcastle.
There is also news in the Chronicle that Swansea paid Gomis a huge signing on fee to get him, and that Newcastle pulled out of the deal, but maybe we pulled out of the deal when we realized we were being outbid by Swansea?
To their credit Swansea over the last 12 years have climbed the leagues, and coming up is their fourth successive season in the Premier League, and it looks like they can beat Newcastle to our targets.
And of course they participated in the Europa League for the first time last season – and this is a club with ambition – certainly more than Newcastle have under Mike Ashley.
There was news in France Football on Sunday that Gomis would sign for Swansea, but then there was a report in French outlet Canal + yesterday that he was also to meet with some other clubs, and we were hoping that one of those clubs could be Newcastle – but it looks like Swansea have got the job done.
So Newcastle have failed to sign a player as a free agent, who we were willing to pay out £9M for last summer. 🙁
Work that one out – but it seems to us that Gomis would have made a decent signing as a free agent – even if he seemed to be after the very best deal he could get at one of the five clubs who were after him in the Premier League.
We just hope that Newcastle have some other top strikers lined up this summer, and that we can get them through the door, but our inability to attract some of our top striker targets to Newcastle so far this summer – is a little worrying.
What do you think?
Written from London, England.