Newcastle Utd’s deal for Gomis hits a snag

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardrew
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardrew

NEWCASTLE United’s bid to sign Bafetimbi Gomis has hit an impasse, according to reports in France.

The club has been involved in discussions with Olympique Lyonnais over a move for the striker, who has one year left on his contract.

Lyon are said to be demanding a 10m Euro fee plus add-ons for the 27-year-old, who reportedly didn’t turn up for a meeting with the club’s owner, Jean-Michel Aulas, yesterday.

However, L’Equipe report that Newcastle are only willing to pay between five and six million Euros.

Gomis, also interesting Aston Villa, is also understood to be looking for a substantial pay rise and a signing-on fee from his next club.

His relationship with Aulas is said to have broken down. Gomis’s representatives feel the fee being demanded by Lyon is unrealistic give that he will be a free agent in a year’s time.

Newcastle are the only Premier League club which hasn’t yet signed a senior player this summer.

And the club’s lack of transfer activity is frustrating supporters, who have seen the likes of Norwich City, Southampton and Swansea City spend substantial amounts on players this summer.

All top-flight clubs will receive a significant increase in TV money this season thanks to a new broadcast deal, and the hope on Tyneside was that much of this would be invested in a squad which was found wanting last season.

Pardew has admitted the club’s interest in Gomis, Aston Villa’s Darren Bent and Queens Park Rangers’s Loic Remy.

With the new season three weeks away, the lack of progress is troubling.

The only arrival so far has been teenage midfielder Olivier Kemen, who has gone into Newcastle’s development squad.