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Newcastle In Surprising £7M Bid For French International Striker

8:51 am, Friday, January 22nd, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 25 Comments

The Sun are reporting today that Newcastle have offered Swansea £7M for French International striker Bafetimbi Gomis, who was our main transfer target in the summer of 2013 ,when Joe Kinnear was the Director of Football.

We bid £9M at that time for the striker who is now 30, but for some reason the deal didn’t go through and the striker decided to see out the fifth and final year of his contract at Lyon.

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Swansea City striker Bafe Gomis – Newcastle bid £7M

But when he became a free agent the next summer he was signed by Swansea and Newcastle seemed to show no interest.

So for Newcastle now to be willing to pay out £7M for the 30 year-old seems strange, but on the other hand we need an experienced striker signed this month.

If this story is true it probably means we have given up on trying to sign 22 year-old West Brom striker Saido Berahino – with West Brom playing hardball on the fee.

But Bafe is not a long term solution and to expend £7M on him now seems a little strange – and certainly a loan deal would have been a better option – but that is unlikely to have been available from the Swans.

Graham Carr was a big fan of the striker as he tried to bring him to Tyneside for a couple of years prior to 2014, and the news yesterday was that Bafe would be keen to join Newcastle.

The 12 times capped French International can offer us a physical presence up front and he would be another option for Steve McClaren.

We basically need a striker signed this month who can put the ball in the net for us in the remaining games of the season.

The Sun report is that McClaren wants a striker brought in quickly – if we cannot get our first choice – West Brom striker Sadio Berahino.

The last thing we want to happen is not to bring any striker in at all – but Bafe still seems expensive at £7M – which is said to be the release clause in his contract.

He has 6 goals in 21 appearances for Swansea and scored against Newcastle in our 2-0 loss at the Liberty Stadium in August.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



Tags: Newcastle News · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target




25 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Spoof // Jan 22, 2016 at 8:55 AM

    I think I would rather have Riviere, at least Manu has a bit of pace.

  • 2 sparky55 // Jan 22, 2016 at 8:55 AM

    All part of an amateurish bigger play in a lame attempt to get Berahino.

  • 3 lochinvar // Jan 22, 2016 at 8:58 AM

    Meanwhile in the earlier article Berahino indictates he’s ok with joining Newcastle – perhaps realising that Spurs might try to getBsle back which would stimmy his original plans.
    Berahino, Gomis and Townsend – is it perm any two from three ?
    Dangerously looking like ambition by NUFC , or born out of necessity !

  • 4 lochinvar // Jan 22, 2016 at 8:59 AM

    * Bale

  • 5 Harley // Jan 22, 2016 at 9:00 AM

    Gomis would be a decent addition. Not my first choice or even my top ten but as a solution to helping us score goals for the remainder of the season, we could do a lot worse.

    He’s premiership ready and has proved he can score goals over here.

    I still don’t think it will happen as £7m for a 30 year old isn’t how nufc roll.

  • 6 King_Solano // Jan 22, 2016 at 9:01 AM

    Even though I doubt it very much……PLEASE NO

  • 7 optimistic prime // Jan 22, 2016 at 9:02 AM

    This must be a joke.

    We’ve learnt our lesson yet we’re going to pay for someone we could have got free 18month ago.

    This would be the ultimate slap in the face, I’d rather Shola came back

  • 8 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 22, 2016 at 9:10 AM

    Lilongwe…FC Midtjylland has already had an academy in Nigeria for many years and are bringing African players through that way in Denmark.

    I see no problem in that as long as we don’t take advantage of the situation and they are not using it to just get into Europe. It’s people we are dealing with here and not commodity.

  • 9 the broons // Jan 22, 2016 at 9:29 AM

    To all the Newcastle fans saying behranio was overrated.

    Now this guy is what you call overrated.

  • 10 sweendog // Jan 22, 2016 at 9:35 AM

    lochinvar .. Bale is not going to spurs as Levy will not pay 100mill euros, only United/Chelsea/Man City have the funds for that one.
    As for Gomis, pass really
    Hope we go for Sandro, not sure on strikers though Mamadou Sylla Diallo is a big risk, I wonder who the Porto and Benfica players are that we were looking at.

  • 11 hibbitt // Jan 22, 2016 at 9:35 AM

    just don’t believe this rubbish……….. not called GOMISS for nothing

  • 12 VanToonMan // Jan 22, 2016 at 9:40 AM

    Doesn’t fit the NUFC blueprint at all so cannot see it happening (and thank goodness for that).

    We need pacy bellamy-type striker who can finish. How is kevin gameiro doing?

    There has to be a few that fit the mould on the continent If we are willing to spend big money then why not on Hulk? A couple years older but top quality and left footed

  • 13 toontaff2 // Jan 22, 2016 at 9:41 AM

    Cry me a Riviere!

  • 14 lesh // Jan 22, 2016 at 9:41 AM

    Bale back to Spurs? No chance!

  • 15 lesh // Jan 22, 2016 at 9:42 AM

    So where’s plan B?

  • 16 ColchesterToon // Jan 22, 2016 at 9:42 AM

    Long time viewer, first time poster. It seems a joke that once again we will probably not strengthen our front line and are being linked with Bafe if we don’t get Bera or Remy etc… If you look at the failure of LDJ and others it was because we were not creating the chances for them to feed off. Just rewatched the Riviera Youtube compilations and almost every goal is from crosses and good service; something we were not creating prior to SM. There is a possibility he will be a rejuvenated player with this playing style and has as much chance to succeed as Gomis or any other ‘mid level’ CF/striker we will fail to get over the line. Has power, movement and presence in front of goal… he can’t be Pardewed and hopefully with our footballing coaches he may flourish given the chance. OBVIOUSLY I would prefer Lacazette but not gonna happen!

  • 17 banjax // Jan 22, 2016 at 9:43 AM

    £7m for a 30 year old striker who isn’t holding down a regular first team place – na – sorry total baloney. Meanwhile in the real world let’s hope that we can get Remy or Berainho and Townsend in soon and even possibly a quality defender as a much needed bonus.

  • 18 corkypants // Jan 22, 2016 at 9:44 AM

    Why are people bashing McClarren so soon into his spell as toon manager.
    1. Look what a mess carver left behind. We were awfull.
    2. He has only been here a few months give him time ffs
    3. Look at villa and Remy Garde is he a bad manager just because he inherited a poor squad. Do villa fans blame him.
    4. I can see a significant change in the way we play under him. Not his fault the players we have had been subjected to poor coaching prior to him taking over (they must of forgot how to play football after pardew/carver)
    5. I definetly think having him here has something to do with the signing of shelvey and probably other young English players ?

  • 19 corkypants // Jan 22, 2016 at 9:44 AM

    Repost:- Why are people bashing McClarren so soon into his spell as toon manager.
    1. Look what a mess carver left behind. We were awfull.
    2. He has only been here a few months give him time ffs
    3. Look at villa and Remy Garde is he a bad manager just because he inherited a poor squad. Do villa fans blame him.
    4. I can see a significant change in the way we play under him. Not his fault the players we have had been subjected to poor coaching prior to him taking over (they must of forgot how to play football after pardew/carver)
    5. I definetly think having him here has something to do with the signing of shelvey and probably other young English players ?

  • 20 AncientC // Jan 22, 2016 at 9:46 AM

    7 million for Mr Born Offside, ‘The Sun’ as credible as ever.

    Swansea should cut their losses and offer him out for free, it would be a struggle to find anybody who would give Gomis pay parity, but somebody could be foolish and desperate enough.

  • 21 Mashley u Batfastard & lambiarse u Cupid stunt // Jan 22, 2016 at 9:51 AM

    7 mil for batman

  • 22 Mashley u Batfastard & lambiarse u Cupid stunt // Jan 22, 2016 at 9:53 AM

    7 mil for batmans and gonads

  • 23 Moonraker15 // Jan 22, 2016 at 10:28 AM

    Gomis? Never it won’t happen. For one thing Swansea already got stick for selling us Jonjo, secondly he’s 30 and thirdly he’s not very good! Nuff said now let’s get Saido ffs !

  • 24 robertsleftfoot // Jan 22, 2016 at 10:45 AM

    Would not take him unless he was a free, he can score goals when in the mood but comes accross on the lve games as a very lazy player.

    Also in the same bracket as Remy, if you dont want to be here then dont come crying when you are doing sh*t at another team or not getting a game and change your mind. I would rather build for the future not a quick fix.

    I also believe we have enough to stay up with what we have. lots of people seem to suggest we are useless and granted we have some very poor games however I dont think luck has been on our side at times

    Beating Chelsea 2-0 and 2 wonder goals from them lost us 2 points

    Battered stoke city for a full 90 minutes but Jack Butland put in a performance like no other, another 2 points gone

    Should not have lost the late goal V Everton 1 point lost

    Actually were better than Arsenal and had more possession than them but just didnt get the ball in the net 1 point missing

    Somehow managed to get beat 3-0 off the scum when arguably in total control of the game in my eyes 3 points lost

    So those 9 points mentioned which with any luck at all we could have got would have us in 11th position

    better players available for £7 mill

  • 25 U.S Magpie // Jan 22, 2016 at 3:50 PM

    This signing makes no sense, Newcastle would no pay out 7 Million for a player that old and not pay out 5 Million on Austin who is 26. Seems like a dumb storyline.




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