Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomes has revealed that his summer move to Newcastle collapsed as the club would not meet his wage demands.
The French international had been heavily linked with a switch to St James’ Park for much of the transfer window, and was expected to leave the Ligue 1 giants.
Lyon were desperate to get his weekly earnings off of their expenditure, and openly admitted that he would be sold for the right price.
Although the likes of Cardiff and Swansea were both interested, Newcastle quickly moved to the front of the queue, and appeared to be close to finalising a deal.
However a proposed move collapsed, leaving the Magpies with Loic Remy as their only arrival ahead of the current campaign.
Gomis says that he was very close to joining Alan Pardew’s squad, but that a wage dispute scuppered the move.
“I had a talk with Newcastle’s coach and we found an agreement,” he is quoted by The Chronicle.
“Then, there were talks with Lyon, there was a first offer – which was refused and then a second one, which was accepted.
“Newcastle then came back to me and asked me to make an effort on wages – but I never asked anything as it was my club which wanted to transfer me, so the effort had to be made by Newcastle or Lyon.”
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