Newcastle United agree deal for Lyon's Bafetimbi Gomis
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Newcastle have agreed a fee to sign 27-year-old France striker Bafetimbi Gomis from Lyon.
The Ligue 1 club accepted an offer in the region of £8m, but Newcastle must still agree personal terms.
Gomis, who is close friends with Magpies midfielder Moussa Sissoko, scored 20 in 44 games for Lyon last season.
Newcastle are also working on a deal for QPR's Loic Remy, another France international, on a season-long loan.
Gomis, who has scored three goals in 12 appearances for France, becomes Newcastle's first major transfer business of the summer following Joe Kinnear's arrival as director of football.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has been in the market for a new striker having sold Demba Ba to Chelsea for £7m in January.
He will become the 11th Frenchman in Newcastle's first-team squad.
Gomis came through the youth ranks at lower league outfit Sporting Toulon Var before moving to St Etienne in 2000 aged 15.
The striker made his senior debut for St Etienne in 2004, and went on to make 142 league appearances for the club, scoring 40 goals.
He scored twice on his international debut for France in a friendly against Ecuador in May 2008, which earned him a place in Les Bleus' squad for Euro 2008.
In July 2009 Gomis made a £13m switch from St Etienne to Lyon where he has spent the last four seasons.
Good deal for a decent striker at peak age. Who will end up with Cisse if the get Remy as well?
"So, we are are prepared to offer you £50k per week Baf.. Bafta... Barry... Bath... Bath time."
I think on balance he'll be a positive signing for us. He offers something different to Cisse - more of a presence up top.
I'd still like us to get Remy too to give another attacking option out wide.
Could get back in europa league again next season. above liverpool, just behind everton and spurs IMO.
That is not what Irony is.
Sad to see you got +5 on your comment from all the other uneducated people who have an irony deficiency.
As for this signing, the stats look good, I remember he was raved about a few seasons back so should be a decent signing if we can get cisse scoring again...
Disgrace, no time invested in potential English young talent, just ok we can buy the best foreign youngsters or older for a bargain.
We need a Geordie owner , be it sole , partnership, or collective, Geordie senior staff, Geordie managers, Geordie Players.
Yes we may , flounder before prospering.
But with Geordie blood and sweat, worth it.
Other nations respect their history , we are been taught to sell it.
or are Newcastle thinking of becoming a French team ? wenger used to like the French players , but they ran out of talent