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French Club Now Rival Newcastle For Striker

8 years ago
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Over the course of recent days there has been various confirmations of Newcastle United’s interest in Bafetimbi Gomis.

The Lyon striker looks a very credible potential recruit but when signings don’t happen quickly then you have to start to worry.

Sure enough, there are now reports that Marseille are looking to keep Gomis in Ligue 1 by entering the ‘race’ for the striker.

With Benteke looking now as though he will stay at Villa then it had looked as though the way was clear for Newcastle but I always worry that Mike Ashley’s brinkmanship gives you every chance of losing out on signings as he attempts to wring every last drop of value out of each deal.  The five signings in January showed that it is possible to get players ‘over the line’ if the will is there.

As time moves on I get the horrible feeling that we are slipping ever further down the food chain and if Gomis ends up at Marseille then there is every chance that their own striker Andre-Pierre Gignac would definitely move on…

You may recall our previous coverage of Newcastle’s alleged interest in Gignac as well, an interest which provoked these less than encouraging comments from Marseille fans on a supporters’ forum;

“I would give him a piggyback to Newcastle”

“Oh pi** off! Somebody offering 14m Euros for Gignac! My f****** god, sell sell sell”

“Great if we can replace Gignac, bring in one from abroad”

“If you read this Gignac, thank you for last season but not anything before. With your salary and predictable game you have your limits, you can go. England is cool, you have  a big salary and will move to a club of your heart”

“You and me both amazed if they offer 14m Euros”

“This is serious, 14m Euros for Gignac?”

“If you take away his (Gignac’s) goals then his contribution to the team is close to nothing, I hate players like him”

“Gignac has had a good season but 14m Euros…must sell!! His first two seasons were chaotic and if we refuse 14m Euros then we will look like fools when he leaves for 2m/3m Euros”

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