Newcastle United appear on the verge of their first major signing this window after agreeing an initial £6.95m fee with Lyon for striker Bafetimbi Gomis.
Weeks of negotiation between the two clubs looked to have broken down earlier this week, as they failed to find a compromise which suited both parties. A further round of talks aimed at finding a resolution to the long-running saga finally brought agreement between the pair, thus allowing the player to speak with United.
The 27-year-old former Saint-Ettiene star scored 20 goals last campaign, which was his fourth in a Lyon shirt. He cost his current side £13m in 2009, but they’ll have to settle for a portion of that back with the deal also including £1.7m in add-ons.
Gomis is a strong presence up-front and will add substantial power to the Newcastle forward line, while increasing the French contingent currently in place at St. James’ Park to eleven.
Capped on twelve occasions by his country, Gomis represents a change in strategy for United, as they abandon their policy of recruiting players aged 25 or under; they’re also working on a loan deal for fellow Frenchman Loic Remy from QPR, who also sits above that age bracket at 26.
It’ll make for an intriguing forward line should the pair combine in the north-east, while casting serious doubt over the future of the reportedly unsettled Papiss Cisse.
United fans should expect to see some movement in and out of the football club in the near future, having been made to wait weeks for something significant to happen.