Yesterday we brought you news from France that Lyon had knocked back Newcastle’s offer of £6.9m but that the Lyon owner claimed negotiations were still ongoing and looking to be heading for a successful conclusion.

GEN00130_BT_Bafetimbi_Gomis_Newcastle_United_NUFCHowever, this morning has brought claims from France that Newcastle have actually pulled out of negotiations and that they will now concentrate fully on Remy.

As for Gomis, there seems little doubt he will leave Lyon, the only question being to which destination? In the meantime the old trick of making him play with the reserves is being used to try and help him on his way.

Thanks as always to Pierre for the expert translation from L’Equipe.

Newcastle lâche Gomis

Newcastle drop Gomis

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Bafétimbi Gomis s’entraîne avec la réserve lyonnaise depuis la reprise. (L’Equipe)

Bafetimbi Gomis is training with the reserves since the restart of the season. (L’Equipe)

After seeing their latest offer of eight million euros rejected by Lyon for the transfer of Bafé Gomis (27 years, under contract until 2014), Newcastle have decided to terminate the negotiations. The Magpies are likely to continue discussions with QPR for the loan of the French international striker Loic Remy.