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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10 comments
IainElrick
IainElrick

Just compare Newcastle to Stoke similar sized teams they go to Wrexham win 6-0 clean sheet and goals from everywhere we go to Gateshead and york concede 4 and score 3 ... something needs to change fast

Durham_CK
Durham_CK

Only Newcastle could mess up a simple task of arranging some pre season games. What was really achieved in going to America and playing on a pitch that half the team could only play on. Why have a friendly when you only put 4 kids on the bench? The main thing that pre season has shown is our defence needs strengthening and another some service to Mitrovic is a must.

Kazie23
Kazie23

Okay the problem with the team is simple!!!

We need a new winger-Someone young(18-23),Can cross a ball really good to create goals for the strikers,Has the skill to pay the bill,and can a team his playing against and oh yes someone who has a bit of strength that can't be out muscled against defenders such as terry,Jones,Stones etc.........Don't want another Gouffrann,Ameobi,Marveux,Oberton or maybe Cabella

DownUnderMag
DownUnderMag

Results in friendlies are relatively meaningless but you can't underestimate the boost of morale a comfortable win would be against these lowly teams and more importantly how much of a confidence boost it would be to get our new acquisitions firing some goals in.  Let's wait and see, I personally don't care if we lose every single pre-season friendly as long as the team is prepared and ready to go at it against the Saints come opening day.

prestondave
prestondave

@DownUnderMag Dont agree mate. For me, there is no such thing as a friendly. You go out there to win and in the process upgrade your fitness and sharpness. We have serious issues at the back and this will affect confidence no matter how many friendlies / league games you play.We are setting ourselves up to fail and the first few games will show this for what it is. We need at least 2 new CB now not in a few months time when we are sitting at the bottom of the table.

A lex
A lex

Exactly. The players know the standard of opposition they're playing and not being able to put a single convincing performance together so far won't help their confidence. Big issues remain and the three signings so far won't ensure progress at all. Too little too late.

v0ices
v0ices

Its a bit of a worry but it takes time to go from anti football to football remember the losing run under Keegan after he took over fat shams anti football side. 1 more game and just over a week to go lets hope for much needed defensive reinforcements.

Jezza_NUFC
Jezza_NUFC

@good butt not quite carling  I agree. On the evidence of what we've seen in pre season, Southampton will tear us apart. The identity of York's second goal scorer say it all about the state of our defence. Even a York City trialist can score against us, God help us.

GarethMarshall
GarethMarshall

It's only preseason, but it would have been nice to get a comfortable win. This game once more highlights that we need to strengthen at the back. If we do not do that before the window closes, and I do not include Mbemba in that equation, then all the hard work done so far will be a waste of time. As promising as Lascelles and Mbemba may be, they are ones for the future, Williams, Coloccini and Taylor will not provide a solid defense on which Newcastle can attack. On a second note, why when vines become available of the goals, thus proving that a camera filming the action is being filmed, do we not have access to watch these games. It is hard to critique the performance on only Lee Ryder's tweets alone. I hope the game at the weekend will be broadcast, does anyone know if it will be?