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French striker explains failed Newcastle move

Bafetimbi Gomis reveals wage negotiations

By | 10th September 2013
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Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis has finally broken his silence over his failed move to Newcastle United. The French international appeared to be close to making a move to St. James’ Park this summer before a late u-turn, forcing Alan Pardew and Joe Kinnear to scramble for reinforcements. In the end, the Magpies only brought in Queens Park Rangers striker Loic Remy on loan, but Gomis has now revealed that an additional round of wage negotiations from the Magpies scuppered the deal.

“I had a talk with Newcastle’s coach and we found an agreement,” admitted Gomis, according to the Daily Express.  “Then there were talks with Lyon. Newcastle then came back to me and asked me to make an effort on wages.”

The failed attempt means that Alan Pardew has just Loic Remy, Papiss Cisse, Yoann Gouffran, and the Ameobi brothers to call on for options up front following a dismal 16th place finish last season. The Magpies did manage to hold on to influential midfielder Yohan Cabaye this summer, however, meaning that the introduction of Gomis could help propel the club further up the table.

Pardew’s side has started the season with one win, one draw, and one loss, but have also progressed in the Capital One Cup. They currently reside in 12th place and are set to take on Aston Villa this Saturday at Villa Park. Gomis’ Lyon side has six points from their opening four matches in France’s Ligue 1.

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