While progress in the transfer market hasn’t exactly been quick this summer, at least it appears that Newcastle are definitely getting there with regard to at least one essential striker signed up.

The Gomis transfer is taking some time to complete but the latest news from France today confirms that progress is being made, thanks to our people covering the French media we have the latest updates first.

GEN00130_BT_Bafetimbi_Gomis_Newcastle_United_NUFCTwo separate pieces on the L’Equipe website bring confirmation from Lyon’s owner and coach that Newcastle have indeed made an offer of €8 million (£6.9m) as reported yesterday by Sky Sports but that it has been turned down.

However, the Lyon owner confirms negotiations continue with Newcastle, while Lyon’s coach is talking about what he is going to do with the money from player sales with Gomis to Newcastle specifically mentioned.

Aulas fait le point
An Update From Aulas

Jean-Michel Aulas is busy with the transfer market these days.

Under contract until June 2014, Bafé Gomis  is on the verge of leaving Lyon. “The negotiations are taking shape with Newcastle,” said Jean-Michel Aulas while British media suggest a new offer of €8 million has been made.

OL: «Gomis et Briand vont partir»
OL “Gomis and Briand Will Leave”

Remi Garde could recruit a striker when departures from Gomis and Briand are settled.

In a long interview in the L’Equipe Sunday newspaper, Remi Garde discusses the  cases of Bafé Gomis and Jimmy Briand. “Their departure will take place ,” says the coach of Lyon.

OL have just turned down an offer of €8 million from Newcastle for the former Asse (St.Etienne) player but negotiations continue. In any case, it does not disturb the squad “that much” explains Garde, who will  recruit a striker when Gomis and Briand cases are resolved.

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We all know what is needed. We don't need emails, transfer summits, financial restraint or endless speculation. We need serious investment, using the money that should be there, at least £50m is owed to the team, with plenty also available for wages. The squad doesn't need assessing Schteve!! Every supporter can tell you what we need, we have been telling fatty and penfold for over two years now, it's glaringly obvious!!!!

Priorities are

2 X CENTRE HALFS (our defence is a joke)

1 X STRIKER (we can't score)

1 X CENTRAL MIDFIELDER (we can go through entire games without creating one shot at goal)

This has become a mantra, and maybe should be a chant at the Gateshead match, if you don't pull your finger out!


The only player we are close to getting is Ivan Toney from Northampton and that will be it


I don't think Ashley and his Merry Men have even heard of half of these players let alone tried to sign them!

How can you sign players when you have no idea about professional football and how it works, or who the relevant players on the market are?

We're relying on a Board consisting of a geriatric chief scout whose only claim to fame is bringing some real duckeggs into the club like Ferrerya, Obertan and Luuk De Jong, a former captain who is only happy to be a mouthpiece for the discredited owner, a below average manager (or is that head coach?) who is mostly and disparagingly known for being The Wally with the Brolly and last, but not least a 'Managing Director' who seemingly can't 'manage' to tie his own shoe laces let alone run a top Premier League club..

Then at the very top we have the man himself, the guy who knows the price of everything and the value of nowt.

Hold hard boys this season, it's going to be a very bumpy journey.


Whatever it takes! Fat man out NOW!