Newcastle Beaten To Target By A More Ambitious Club

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.

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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?

Comments welcome.

Written from London, England.

39 comments so far

  • Our Toon

    Jun 25, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #1


    Do I think he’s worth it? Time will tell i suppose, I remember some on here blasting Bony and saying we’d dodged a bullet when he played the first few games for Swansea. Beggers can’t be choosers

    Yannick Bolasie is pants, if you watch his games last season he was very inconsistent on the wing, rarely tracked back and didn’t create much, he is one of those wingers whose incredibly tricky on the ball but has limited vision, rarely scores!!

  • Toon Tang

    Jun 25, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #2

    …and Ed breaks his silence with another Gomis story hahaaa good to have you back marra.

  • Bambams

    Jun 25, 2014 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #3

    A few have suggested this, I did not believe it. …
    However I wonder if we do sign anymore players ?
    Could it be he wont spend any more cash and/or he is waiting for the remainder of the season ticket money/ tv money and will sell up and bugger off with pockets full.
    Cannot understand how we reportedly were to complete signings early. …. Now its after WC finishes….. Early shout was to get ST sales going ? Now what ? Offered £9 million last year but wont offer decent salary to match Swansea.

    Something not right here….

  • G

    Jun 25, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #4

    Swansea seem very happy to take a risk. So far there policy seem to be serving them well. I think Gomis will be the one who throws the spanner in the works like. Is it true they are on the verge of selling Michu for a pittance? Something like betweek 4M – 6M depending on who you believe. I would take a gamble on that. Lots of injury problems last 18months, but proven and a good grafter.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jun 25, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #5

    Easy now Ed…I agree we are not ambitious, but it has nothing to do with not signing Gomis!

  • Rainrix

    Jun 25, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #6

    Thank god for swansea! 🙂 Glad we can finally stop talking about a very average striker that we were never going to get and start talking about more average strikers that we’ll never get.

  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 25, 2014 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #7

    Doesn’t seem likely that Swansea will sell Bony -unless they get a massive offer. If Gomis goes there -him and Bony may well develope a decent partnership.
    After Bony signed for them doubts were raised as he seemed off the pace a bit -but it appears he’s the type of player who sometimes is not in the game – then bang -he scores.
    If Gomis is touting himself around good riddance to him.

  • beermonkey

    Jun 25, 2014 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #8

    is that true about michu that seems far to cheap
    gomis not to unhappy we aint signed him at 80k a week
    if Swansea sell bony as well they best hope gomis come good quickly

  • G

    Jun 25, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #9

    @8, the Michu rumour was doing the rounds on Twitter last night, but F365’s transfer gossip picked up on it this morning, apparently German and Spanish clubs are all over it, and Athletico want him for 6M.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jun 25, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #10

    Alan told us we can’t compete with these kind of sides.

    Oh, wait…

  • the truth will out

    Jun 25, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #11

    we are a poor club ran by a p155 p00r owner and led by an imbecile i give up


    Jun 25, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #12

    If this is true I doubt it has anything to do with ambition and everything to do with him much money they were willing to pay him. I like every Geordie is desperate to see us sign quality players and on more than one message board have pushed us to get this deal over the line. But in retrospect, do we really want to make this football mercenary our highest paid player, and if we do does that mean we have to make improved contract offers to senior players at the club to keep them happy?!? His goal scoring record is hardly stellar and he doesn’t fit the profile, if we are looking in that age range I would personally would rather see us bring back Demba Ba on a free along with two other younger strikers who are hungry to prove themselves. Or maybe we just promote Adam Armstrong to the first team squad because that’s “like” signing a new player…right?!?

  • magicbus

    Jun 25, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #13

    Just waiting for those famous words to come from Pardews mouth “ Just couldn`t get him over the line “

  • Shot Bru

    Jun 25, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #14

    It’s gonna be a a total struggle trying to get a quality striker in for next season…

    Can’t blame the club pulling out of the Gomis deal..80k week plus signing on fee for that big lump is just insane!!

    Can see us raiding Man Utd for loans when Van Gaal returns from the WC

    Feillaini and Wellbeck on loan…

  • swemag

    Jun 25, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #15

    Swansea is doing a good job. Sooner or later the debts will build though and they will be relegated and we will probably still be here. That is what I think.

    For us…seriously, we cannot make Cabaye deals all of the time. If we are not willing to pay agents, fees or salaries then we can shut down operations. A football club is risky business, risk limitation cannot go as far as doing nothing, there really is no point then.

    Feeling sorry for our new young Spanish player the day he realizes he was told a bunch of lies about what our club is about. At least Colback must have known what he was getting into.

    I don’t see why Ashley would sell, he is getting so much exposure with the club for free it is unbelievable. That must be worth more than the money he ‘leant’ the club. He must be building something, I just hope he knows something we don’t.

  • swemag

    Jun 25, 2014 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #16


    Have to agree…making Gomis our highest paid player make little sense.

    Bring back Ba anytime and I will be happy. Offer him a good salary and we know he will bang in the goals.

  • lesh

    Jun 25, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #17

    Mister Tuff

    Maybe I’ve wasted a link if Hula Blues wouldn’t impress Expat.

    If his wall was plastered with Culture Club etc when he was in Gateshead, there’s the remote possibility that Oz may have done something to broaden his outlook.

    There’s nee Culture Club in Fiji but hopefully his musical horizons have widened a bit since he’s seen life outside of the Heed.

    Expat….. 😉

  • Belfast

    Jun 25, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #18

    Goodbye Gomis articles.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 25, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #19

    Seriously, trust Pardew to relegate a centre-back of Yanga-Mbiwa’s calibre to fourth choice behind the faux-Geordie and irritating crowd jester that is Steven Taylor.

  • Belfast

    Jun 25, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #20

    Swansea will be a good move for him tbh

  • lesh

    Jun 25, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #21

    If ever a club statement’s backfired on it, then the one about having no desire to compete for trophies has got to be one of the biggest bollocks they’ve dropped.

    No signings coz players won’t win things, season ticket sales down, fan interest ebbing and discontent heightened.

    Anybody with half a brain (you there Welsh?) could see what would happen yet they still went ahead and made the statement.

    Could you trust them to run a raffle? Never, they’d be off with the cash!

  • south coast toon

    Jun 25, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #22

    bony top target swansea sucsses
    remy top target qpr sucsses
    pea top target germany flop
    ldy top target germany flop
    gomis top target ….. swansea
    looks like we are last chance saloon now , if we wont pay wages we wont get good workers
    we apear to be going nowere and any top player would not want to go to a dead end club,
    we are in for another long season its stupid we cannot compete with swansea even
    any decent player we get here wants out watch sissoko and debs after wc, we are a laughing stock

  • south coast toon

    Jun 25, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #23

    i like the raffle comment but they wouldnt buy any prizes lol

  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 25, 2014 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #24

    lesh I doubt if expatmag has reformed at all or learned anything cultural since he emmigrated to Australia. Here is a true story about him.
    A deeply religious man was seated next to Expatmag on a flight from Hong Kong to Sydney, Australia.
    After the plane was airborne, drink orders were taken. Expatmag asked for a rum and coke, which was brought and placed before him.
    The flight attendant then asked the deeply religious man if he would like a drink. He replied in disgust, “I’d rather be savagely raped by a dozen whores and my head stuffed up a sheeps arsehole than let liquor touch my lips.”
    Then Expatmag handed his drink back to the attendant and said, “I didn’t know we had a choice.”

  • yo-yo

    Jun 25, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #25

    Can’t see him doing a Bony somehow. Bullet dodged.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 25, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #26


    Swansea will probably get 20M for Bony, they’ll be fine. Would much rather have their owner and chairman and they have always appointed ”footballing ” managers. That said, Gomis is way too much for anyone to pay for a 29 year old.

    Our club really is sick and rotten from top to bottom.

    1) Ashley – the very epitomy of nouveau riche. Lots of money but absolutely zero class and more importantly no ambition for the club.

    2) Wonga – today’s reports should have made us have an instant disconnect with them. That won’t happen.

    3) A charlatan, league 1 chancer as a manager who won’t leave no matter how poorly he performs and is deemed unsackable by Ashley.

    4) Best players left / leaving / wanting to leave while people like Saylor are still here.

    5) No one half decent wanting to sign for Pardew (and Ashley’s wages.)

    6) 52000 oblivious to it all.

  • Chrism

    Jun 25, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #27

    Since the window is not fully open until Tuesday why the angst- sad to see a season written off so easily by its fans
    Proud to be a geordie? Always have been but not so sure seeing the crap on here.

  • lesh

    Jun 25, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #28

    South coast, you’re right, they wouldn’t have bought any prizes yet that wouldn’t stop them offering ’em to sell tickets.

    Bit like dangling potential signings to get fans to buy season tickets.

    Ashley and his cronies are nowt but con merchants, spice but it looks as though they’ve been found out!

  • lesh

    Jun 25, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #29

    Mister Tuff……. :-D:-D

  • lesh

    Jun 25, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #30

    Mr Tuff, I’ll try to get the smilies right this time:

    Mister Tuff……. 😀 😀

  • jackarmy

    Jun 25, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #31

    Swansea has a wage cap of 40k approx the rest is made up on performance related bonus considering we had a fee accepted for gomis last season of 8.5mill giving him a signing on fee of 2mill(rumoured)to come to swansea is a bargain


    Jun 25, 2014 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #32

    There is nothing officially announced? Yet !

    If Swansea get i seriously think we dodged a bullet here?

    A 29 year old on 70K Plus a week? Uum No Thanks!

  • jackarmy

    Jun 25, 2014 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #33

    The signing on fee makes up for the low wages so 2mill is a snip he might not be proven in prem league but im sure hell do well

  • bladeuser

    Jun 25, 2014 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #34

    Does it matter if he is on 5 or seventy grand as long as he can play and what i have seen he is better than what we have and could adapt to the epl we have to start taken chances or we will end up with cisse and a loan player starting against city
    where is the money gone sky cabaye revenue we r being bled dry

  • JrReps

    Jun 25, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #35

    From: All the Geordies
    To: Mike Ashley

  • magicbus

    Jun 25, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #36

    Nice vid Jr Ashley doesn`t have an ounce of that passion we just witnessed in those scenes.

  • bobby mango

    Jun 25, 2014 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #37

    Not worrying about not getting Gomis but it would’ve been nice to get a senior striker. My days, the way things look, we’re going to STRUGGLE next season.

  • expatmag

    Jun 25, 2014 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #38


    For the record, I have never been a fan of culture club or the rollers neither have I been to Hong Kong.

    Did you get your ST for the stadium of light yet?

  • microbar

    Jun 25, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #39

    what’s it coming to now, Swansea a bigger club than Newcastle what a tragedy.


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