Gomis Reveals Newcastle’s Last Minute Demands For Cut In Wages Killed Off Move
Long past its sell by date, the Bafetimbi Gomis to Newcastle transfer saga drags on.
Gomis is eager to get his side of the story across and speaking to Canal Football Club he has revealed that amongst other things;
The player was interested in two clubs and coach of France, Didier Deschamps, recommended Newcastle United as the better choice because of the number of French internationals already there.
A fee of €8.2m was agreed between the two clubs after an initial bid was rejected.
Gomis spoke to Alan Pardew before the deal was agreed.
Newcastle at the last minute asked Gomis to take lower wages but Gomis refused.
Gomis speaking to Canal Football Club;
“I was interested in two clubs and after a discussion with the coach (national coach Didier Deschamps) I decided on Newcastle as he recommended them because there are already many French internationals.
I then talked to Newcastle’s coach and we reached an agreement.
There followed a discussion with Lyon when an initial offer was rejected but a second accepted.
Newcastle later came back to me and asked me to take lower wages but I said to myself, it wasn’t I who had asked to leave but my club (Lyon). So if there was an effort to be made with the finances it was up to Newcastle or Lyon to find the money.”
In the interview the player also appeared to hint that if Newcastle came back to him in January to match his wages then a deal could still be done. Who knows now, especially when the Remy loan deal showed that Mike Ashley was prepared to put to one side the player messing Newcastle about last January.
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