Bafetimbi Gomis lifts lid on failed transfer to Newcastle

Bafetimbi Gomis reveals Newcastle's reluctance to meet his wage demands was the reason his move from Lyon fell through

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Bafetimbi Gomis has revealed that Newcastle’s reluctance to meet his wage demands was the reason his move from Lyon fell through.

The France striker was heavily linked with a move to St James’ Park during the summer as Alan Pardew looked to bolster his attacking options.

And the 28-year-old says that the Magpies had a bid accepted by the Ligue 1 side for his services, but that he failed to reach an agreement about his wages.

“I had a talk with Newcastle’s coach and we found an agreement,” said Gomis.

“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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