The latest striker that Newcastle are being linked with continually is Bafetimbi Gomis of Lyon.

As we’ve previously reported, Lyon’s financial position means that they are having offload some of their biggest assets, including Gomis who only has one year left on his contract.

GEN00130_BT_Bafetimbi_Gomis_Newcastle_United_NUFCGomis has previously stated that he won’t be pushed out of the club to somewhere he doesn’t want to go and which he repeats again here in this interview in L’Equipe.

However, in this piece Gomis definitely appears to be more ready to accept the reality of the situation and as he says, he wants to leave the French club with his ‘head held up high’.

Gomis would be a real quality addition to Newcastle’s squad and if he is looking for somewhere that he will be able to fit in quickly then Newcastle French contingent must tick a big box on that score.

On the other hand, are Newcastle willing to go for this kind of quality in the transfer window? To me it is a no-brainer in terms of what United need and what this player can offer, especially as he seems to be a decent character judged on his words here.

Thanks yet again to Pierre for the expert translation;

“If I do not find a club that gives me the assurance that I need, I’ll stay. I will ensure that I am ready to help the team. I will try to lead by example because I do not forget that I am privileged. There are far worse things in life.

Plus I want to leave Lyon with my head held up high. I think I gave a good image of myself  here.

I’m going to work and be ready if I am called upon because along with my advisor (Etienne Mendy), there is no conflict. This is what we said to the (Lyon) President on Monday.

What is certain is that I will not be forced to go where I do not want to go and nothing is set in football. Today I can be sidelined and who is to say who starts a game due to injuries, suspensions … I’m at OL, I have not left yet … “

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  • Phil K

    Something like a 1 in 3 strike rate, which is OK. No Shearer but then who is ?

  • csh

    Would be a good signing for us – however A) we have no interest in him B) we will make a token offer before another club nips in and signs him with a sensible offer C) Cabaye will leave sparking a french exodus meaning he won’t want to join us.
    My money is on B.

    • GToon

      Add my money to yours and lets both put it on “b”. In fact lets put some on “c” too as i can also see that happening.
      i reckon the next step in our transfer policy would be to set up one of those automated cold calls we get nowadays. Perhaps it would go something like this – “Hello this is Newcastle United. We would like to offer you half of what your centre forward is currently worth. If you wish to accept the offer press 1 or to decline press 2.” Hopefully they wont ask JFK to record the message!

  • GToon

    I would think the line “i will not be forced to go where i do not want to go” refers to our interest in him.

  • Alreet

    At least this boy is very getable. Reasonable price with 1 year left and in the good age bracket. Very strong in the air and finishes with gusto from inside and outside the box. Would be ace in the prem.

  • Dean Burns

    After missing out on PEA, this lad might be the next best realistic signing out there. He would add enormous quality to our front line and we should be actively persuing him and attempting to convince him to sign. When that waste of space DoF gets back from his jollys of course!

  • Alex

    IF we even bother going for him, and IF we end up getting him, expect to be told, “This is the guy we always wanted, the one we’ve waited for. The fans just don’t understand”.