Newcastle have been chasing the Lyon striker all summer, but now the club have angrily accused rivals Marseille of derailing a proposed £8million deal to take the striker to St James’ Park.
Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has launched an official complaint to the French Professional Football League over Marseille’s meddling in the deal, who have since released a statement.
It said: “Mr Aulas says that during negotiations between the representatives of Bafetimbi Gomis and Newcastle, Olympique de Marseille intervened to make contact with the player and his agents without warning Lyon.
“As a result, if the negotiations with Newcastle should collapse, it would be Marseille’s fault.”
It is clear Aulas does not want to sell to Marseille, and has encouraged the forward to make the move to St James’ Park for the sake of his career.
“I’m convinced that if he doesn’t go to Newcastle, the proposed solution will be not be nearly as good for his career,” he said.
Newcastle still hope to complete the signing, having recently bought another French striker in the form of Loic Remy to St James’ Park.
The Geordies are also thought to be still in the market for Darren Bent, as manager Alan Pardew looks to severely strengthen his strikeforce ahead of the new season.
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