Are Newcastle wasting their time in Bafetimbi Gomis chase?

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Bafetimbi Gomis celebrates scoring for Lyon

Newcastle United’s interest in Bafetimbi Gomis dates back before 2008 when the club looked to sign him before the European Championship however he eventually made the short move to Lyon, from St. Etienne. Fast forward six years and under much different management, Newcastle are still eager to bring him to Tyneside. Last summer’s transfer window saw the club come close to signing the Frenchman, but eventually the move fell apart due to a mixture of greed on part of Gomis’ agents and indeed then Director of Football, Joe Kinnear’s inability to recognise the fashion in which the modern transfer market operates. As we approach the 2014 World Cup, NUFC are hoping to secure some quick moves and once again Gomis seems to be near the top of the list. This makes me wonder, how good do both Newcastle and indeed the four other Premier League clubs really believe Bafe can be in the top flight of English football?

If I am to be completely honest, I cannot see what the fuss is about. I know Gomis is available on a free transfer which will obviously appeal to multiple clubs. He has vast Champions League experience, and has found the net in Ligue 1 on countless occasions, ending this season with a total of 14 in an average season for Lyon. I suppose when you consider it all, he does has an impressive resume, and represents a valuable free agent.

Despite that, since our name has been linked with Gomis - there has been nothing but confusion and miscommunication. Almost every Newcastle fan was sure that he had signed last year, but alas, the club never managed to get it ‘over the line’ hindered by both Kinnear and indeed unprofessional behaviour on the side of the French club.

Let’s be honest though - there are better forwards out there that would be willing to make the move to Newcastle. Bafetimbi Gomis isn’t the best of investments when we consider the mandate the Newcastle recruitment team are known to operate to. He is 28 years old, and - according to reports - seeks rather extravagant wages for someone who is unproven in the Premier League.

I would like to see Graham Carr, Norman Wooster and the team to focus their efforts elsewhere, because, if you ask me, we’ll be left disappointed if we concentrate on trying - yet again - to lure the powerful forward to St. James’ Park.

What do you think? Are the club right to be pursuing Gomis so strenuously, or should be drop interest and look to bring in younger, and arguably better talent? Comments below please, and make sure to follow me on Twitter @KevinDoocey.

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ToonMonster: ⏱ 31/05/2014

I completely agree, I was excited when I read about this last year, since I assumed he's a regular scorer who would come over for cheap. Now he's asking for 100k a week in wages, that is top quality player wages, not a average player with no outstanding qualities who's pretty much coming to towards his decline. Management needs to understand that to compete at all we need to splash the cash on 1 top quality forward, and can bring in other cheap ones for back up. Then we'll be able to compete (if we can get Cabella or Grenier over the line, or both) I think we have a good team, with a bit of good talent coming through, but my god just spend over £10m on a player once. For fuck sake.

Doocey: ⏱ 31/05/2014

I'm with you on that. I think the time has come and passed for Gomis to have been a Newcastle United player. 3 or 4 years ago I would have been excited at the prospect, but now I'm also worried that we're chasing a 28 year-old and - reportedly - considering handing him big wages. Mind you, this is NUFC we're talking about, so such mentioned wages (£100k) could be way off the mark. I do hope we go out and sign a high-quality forward though - we're certainly due one.

kill ashley: ⏱ 03/06/2014

yep, a pass for me too. just becuase your free dosent mean you jack your wage demands up - or maybe it does, maybe someone out there is willing to pay it. we'll see, but the longer this sage draws on the lower those wage demands get id say, so lets see.