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Newcastle On Brink Of Signing Bafetimbi Gomis – Reports

6 years ago
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The latest transfer news sees widespread reporting that Bafetimbi Gomis is allegedly all but a Newcastle player.

It is claimed that Newcastle have outbid Queens Park Rangers in terms of the wages on offer, with United said to have offered £80,000 a week compared to Redknapp’s Rangers’ seventy grand.

If this becomes reality then it is yet further proof that any real transfer strategy at St.James’ Park is an illusion.

With surely nobody still clinging to the idea that there is a detailed plan to bring in young players who can improve Newcastle over time. The only real plan of course for Mike Ashley, is that he manages to stay in the Premier League whilst spending the lowest amount of money possible.

Would signing Gomis tick those boxes?

Well, having allowed his contract to run to an end, there’s no transfer fee and Ashley may even look at the wages angle as almost a no lose possibility, just so long as the player delivers. The Newcastle owner maybe even factoring in that there’s every chance that a player like Gomis who has let his contract run down, will be very likely to agitate for a move to a more ambitious club if his first year was a success.

So any transfer fee would more than pay for the one season’s wages whilst helping to keep United up another year, result! (for Mike Ashley)

In terms of positives, there is no doubting Gomis’ consistency in getting goals, whilst not prolific he has never failed to get less than double figures in the league ever since becoming a first team regular in Ligue 1.

The last eight seasons have seen double figures each time and this past season no different with 14 goals in 33 Ligue 1 matches, 22 in 49 games (all competitions).

Gomis turns 29 before next season kicks off, and so unless Ashley shifts him on relatively quickly, he would have little resale value.

Maybe Ashley will surprise us all….but more likely I see Newcastle at best becoming some kind of passing through destination for players such as Cabaye, Ba and Remy.

The shame is that with just a little ambition the picture could surely change very quickly.

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