Newcastle have increased their bid for Bafetimbi Gomis to £6.9M while launching a season-long loan bid for compatriot Loic Remy, according to Sky Sports. These bids come at the end of a week in which the club has been criticised for their lack of transfer business, as they are the only team in the English top four divisions yet to sign a first-team player. The acceleration of their transfer dealings may be a result of the resolution with striker Papiss Cisse, as the club are now fully focused on additions. If Joe Kinnear pulls these deals off, then it will see another two Frenchman added to a squad.
Lyon striker Gomis would be a useful addition to the squad as he will take a lot of the burden from Cisse who struggled last season to replicate his form from the 2011/12 season. The Frenchman scored 16 league goals last season with an average shots per game of 2.8 which is more than the Senegalese striker who managed 2.1 shots per game. He is a strong finisher but like his potential team mate Cisse, he has a weakness of straying offside. He was the most caught offside player in Ligue 1 last season as he was flagged 62 times, which was 17 more times than Newcastle’s Senegalese striker. This could prove to be a huge problem for Alan Pardew if the two are to play in the same team.
The 27 year old only has 12 months left on his contract and Lyon are keen to sell him so this bid could prove really attractive to the French side. Lots of conflicting reports have been doing the round about Gomis but The Mirror featured a story that the deal was all set to go through. The Times journalist George Caulkin also confirmed on Twitter last night that the deal was close according to a good source.
Meanwhile, Newcastle’s pursuit of Loic Remy can be dated back to January as he was moments away from joining the North East club, until a late change of heart to sign for QPR. The proposed loan deal could be perfect for all parties. Newcastle will be able to sign the player but will not want to commit to a permanent deal due to his impending court case. While QPR will be able to take a chunk off their mammoth wage bill, however it’s unlikely Newcastle will agree to pay all of his wages as they aren’t compliant with their strict wage structure. The deal would be perfect for Remy as he will be able to play in the top flight in World Cup year.
Remy scored 6 goals for QPR which was two less than Cisse, however they came at a quicker rate as he scored every 198 minutes compared to Cisse who scored every 376 minutes. The Frenchman has a good shooting accuracy of 61% and a clear cut chance conversion rate of 71% which is hugely impressive in his first stint in England. Its superior to Cisse who only managed a shooting accuracy of 41% which isn’t great for a side’s main striker and his clear cut chance conversion was 22%.
With the season starting in three weeks, Newcastle will be desperate to finally make some signings before that date. After all the controversy at the club over the summer, the club will want to deliver some good news for the fans to get excited about and to ensure they receive maximum support from them for the coming season. The Magpies can’t afford another poor season like last season as their best players will begin to seek moves to bigger clubs. A top half finish is a must this season, and at the moment the squad isn’t good enough to achieve that.
Bafetimbi Gomis stats were taken from WhoScored.
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