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Exclusive – Big Doubts Now On Gomis Deal

8 years ago

We had our French team up at the crack of dawn to scour the French media so we could help you start the day with a smile, with final confirmation of Bafetimbi Gomis’ arrival at St.James’ Park.

If only.

Our team of French watchers have brought back tales of not only no final confirmation, but instead numerous reports of no agreement reached, who will pay the agents’ cut, who will pay the sell-on clause to his Gomis’ previous club, St.Etienne, and worst of all…the player is still talking about Marseille.

Here are the ‘highlights’ from the French media today, with special thanks to Pierre for services beyond the call of duty on the translation front this morning;

Le10Sport report;

Commission d’agent ou indemnité de solidarité ?

Agents Fees or Selling on fee?

All is not (yet) sorted and both sides blame each other for the failure to conclude the transaction. For the moment. According to L’Equipe, the OL (Lyon) believes that Gomis’ Agent is claiming too much commission, which slows the discussions. On the other hand, the entourage of Gomis say that OL is not willing to pay the selling on fee, 5% of the transfer that OL must go to Gomis’s former club, AS Saint-Etienne. Lyon are not willing to make the effort and are waiting for a sign from Newcastle to see what they are willing to do (in terms of paying St.Etienne’s cut).

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Footransferts on ‘The Panther’

 ‘The Panther’ does not definitively rule out the Marseille path. “With Newcastle, I agreed about my salary three weeks ago. There are only details to be resolved. With Marseille, these are the last two possibilities I have. We will see. August is the month of truth”, said the Lyon striker.

L’Equipe – Newcastle not willing to pay?

Gomis, ce n’est pas encore bouclé!

Gomis, It’s Not Yet Brought To A Close!

Newcastle n’a pas envie de la prendre en charge à sa place.

Newcastle are not willing to take responsibility to pay the 5% that OL should pay to ASSE.

As many people commented last night on the site, you don’t usually see other ‘done’ deals also reported as still having to sort the agents out. This Gomis saga has been torture and nobody comes out of it with any credit in my opinion.

The player seems happy for it to drag on and wait to see what other options he might have, Lyon are seemingly happy to have everything played out in public to no doubt maybe get interest from elsewhere, while Newcastle’s failure to bring it to a decisive close then leads you also to the possibility that they are more than happy to appear to be trying to sign an essential striker but seemingly not going to be that devastated if the whole thing goes pear-shaped and no money is ‘splashed’ out.

Never mind, still two weeks to Manchester City!


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