Newcastle target set to leave for nothing

Bafetimbi Gomis

Newcastle target Bafetimbi Gomis is set to leave Lyon on a free transfer at the end of the season, after his proposed summer move to St James’ Park fell through, reports the Daily Express.

Gomis was the subject of a summer long chase from the Magpies, and looked to be heading to the north east last month after the two clubs agreed a £7million fee.

The move eventually collapsed however, with the 28-year-old claiming Newcastle asked him to take a wage cut in order to complete his move to the Premier League.

The forward is now set to leave the club when his contract expires in the summer of 2014.

When asked how long he expected to stay with Lyon, Gomis simply replied: “Until the summer.”

The forward revealed he had held talks with Lyon owner Jean Michel-Aulas over his future.

“He also wanted to defend his interests, like I have defended mine,” he explained.

“Now the transfer window is over, we must go again hand in hand.

“If I decided to stay it is because I respect the hierarchy.

“The president is also known to be positive.”

Gomis returned to the Lyon first team for their goalless draw with Rennes at the weekend.

Newcastle director of football Joe Kinnear had set his sights on the French international, and may yet revive his interest in the next transfer window.

The club came under criticism for their summer transfer business, with a loan move for Loic Remy of QPR proving their only successful signing.

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