An unlikely source has bared all on the Bafetimbi Gomis transfer saga from this summer.
Newcastle United had a difficult summer in the transfer market. If it was not missing out on major targets they were watching their star players being linked with a move away.
In the end they only secured the season-long loan deal of Loic Remy from Queens Park Rangers.
He started his first game for the club in yesterday’s 2-1 victory against Aston Villa at Vila Park - and put in a solid performance on his full debut.
But in an ideal world they would be partnering him with yet another French internationl striker - as the club pursued Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis this summer.
Gomis was said to be open to a move, while Lyon’s precarious financial position meant they were susceptible to a decent off coming in.
However Joe Kinnear and co could not manage to tie down a deal this summer - and Gomis will instead continue to play for Remi Garde’s Rhone Army.
But according to an unusual source, Gomis would have wanted an exit from Lyon this summer.
Youssoupha is one of France’s most popular rap artists, and also a reported close friend of the powerful centre forward.
And he claims that Gomis wanted a move to either Marseille or Newcastle this summer - but Lyon president Jean Michel Aulas stood in the way of the deal:
‘’I have great reservations about the behavior of Jean-Michel Aulas and Olympique Lyonnais… Mr. Aulas and Lyon did not have an exemplary attitude with Bafé who gave so much for this club. I had the phone in the summer and he told me: "I do not calculate Jean-Michel Aulas , I let him do his thing. I stay in my place. " And it paid off for him. But to be honest, I do not think he will extend to the OL. Bafé was ready to go to the OM . The project really interested. I who support Marseille, I was among those who pushed a bit to go to OM this summer. I guess the OL did not want to sell to a competitor ... But that's my interpretation. Ditto for Newcastle. It is not true that he was not willing to go to Newcastle. He told me he was excited and he found it financially.’’
So it appears a deal for Gomis was definitely on the cards this summer, and the inability to snap him up was not for the want of trying. Kinnear has received stick, but it seems one of the toughest negotiators in European football in Aulas was far more happy to see Gomis to leave for nothing at the end of the season then sell him for a quick buck now.
That's if you believe the words of a French rapper you have never heard of before ... but why not?
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