Yesterday we were the first to bring you the news that Newcastle strike target Bafetimbi Gomis had failed to attend a meeting with Lyon’s owner to discuss a potential transfer.

Thanks to our people who keep an eye on what is happening in France, including the media over the channel, our main translator Pierre brought us the following from French website butfootballclub;

GEN00130_BT_Bafetimbi_Gomis_Newcastle_United_NUFCOL: Gomis has “blanked” Aulas

Relations between Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas and striker Bafetimbi Gomis are not improving: the two men were meant to meet yesterday (Thursday) to discuss a transfer, the 27-year-old simply decided to not turn up.

“We gave him a letter by hand but he did not come,” said the owner in L’Equipe.

The departure of the French international, desired by his boss, has not moved forward in recent days: the clan Gomis blame the OL (Lyon) for asking too much for a transfer (€10 million + €2 bonus) while OL accuses the player of claiming too a big signing  onbonus and higher salary than what he earns at OL.

We really don’t see how this situation is going to unravel …

Following those revelations yesterday, the situation according to the various media is being presented as this;

Newcastle are claimed to have offered around £5m but Lyon want around £10m.

Gomis is said to be on £65,000 a week but would expect more if he moves.

I think it all becomes a bit clearer as to why Gomis isn’t being paraded yet in a black & white shirt.