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.
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?