President says deal is in place for ‘Baby Drogba’.
Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas has confirmed that the club have agreed a fee of £8.7 million with Newcastle United for striker Bafetimbi Gomis, the Daily Mail reports.
The French international will be the first player to join the Magpies under Joe Kinnear’s reign as Director of Football and the news will come as a relief to the club’s staff and fans as they look to improve options within their frontline.
And Aulas confirmed the deal in French newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche by saying that the side from St James’ Park will be paying up to £8.7 million for the striker who bagged himself 16 goals in Ligue 1 last season.
“We agreed on Newcastle’s offer for an eight million euros transfer plus two million in bonuses. The club has come to accept the player’s salary claims,” Aulas was quoted as saying.
“The deal is now subject to an agreement over the agents fees,” he added.
“I understand there’s a problem over the amount and the payment of the fees… Hopefully, it would be settled within the next 24 or 48 hours.”
The 27-year-old has been one of Lyon’s most consistent players over the years since suffering a fall from grace when they won the French league title five years on the bounce.
He had also been on Swansea and Cardiff’s radars, but they went for different options, and the news will come as good news for Fulham, who now have a clear path to try and sign Aston Villa striker Darren Bent.