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07/27/2013
 

There might have been plenty going on at Newcastle this summer, but all the drama has been surrounding the appointment of Joe Kinnear as the clubs new director of football. Little transfer activity has taken place but things could be set to pick up this week on that front.


It is believed that an offer has been made for Lyon front man Bafetimbi Gomis. The 27-year-old striker has been the subject of interest from both Fulham and Marseille. Lyon are believed to want £12million for the player, the latest offer from St. James Park is reported to be £6.9million.


The French international is known to be happy to move on from the Ligue 1 side and would be a huge boost to the North-East club who flirted with relegation towards the end of last season. Lyon chairman Michel Aulas said however that the striker didn’t turn up for a pre-arranged meeting to discuss the players future.


He said:  "We gave him a letter by hand but he did not come."


Nicknamed ‘Baby Drogba’ the player spent his youth career with Saint-Étienne and made the step up to the senior side in 2004, and between 2004 and 2009 he made 165 appearances for the club, netting an impressive 49 times. In July 2009, Lyon were successful in their pursuit of the player, signing him on a five-year contract for €13million.  Since then he has performed steadfastly and scored 74 times in 189 appearances.


He made his France debut in a pre-Euro 2008 friendly against Ecuador. Impressively he scored twice in the game, the first player since Zinedine Zidane to score twice on their French international debut. Gomis has score three times in total in his ten international appearances.


If Newcastle are successful in their pursuit of the player it would be more good news after Papiss Cissé and the club resolved the issue over the player wearing the club shirts which are sponsored by Wonga. Having taken offence based on his religious and personal beliefs, the player was left behind for the pre-season trip to Portugal.


Newcastle are also linked with taking QPR striker Loic Remy on a season long loan deal. Despite the clubs relegation, Remy was impressive for the London side in the second half of last season. He had been close to signing for Newcastle during the last transfer window but was ultimately wooed by Harry Redknapp. The striker has the caliber to perform at the top level and Pardew would be happy to take the player in as he looks to build a side who he will be hoping for a solid mid-table finish at least.




 
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07/21/2013
 

The way Chris Hughton was relieved of his duties at Newcastle left a sour taste of sorts in the mouth.  Alan Pardew had to succeed quickly in order to win over the impassioned fans from England’s north-east.  He did though.  And he wooed his own boss and went on to secure an unusually long 8-year deal.


There was a sense of rashness about the deal.  At odds with the tight, successful running  Mike Ashley has at Sports Direct International Plc.  Holding well over half of the now publicly traded company, Ashley has made the model the UK’s largest sporting retailer.


Eight years could only tempt fate.  It could have been clause heavy.  One thing though a contract can’t do is make someone walk.  Whether that’s the intention though of the latest development at the club is unclear. But today Joe Kinnear  brought Mick Harford to the club.  And with that speculation swirls.


What’s been the most consistent problem this summer at Newcastle, more then anything, is the lack of clarity.  Harford’s role is unclear.  Does Kinnear really need help in signing players, which is one of his primary roles apparently.  Maybe he does, Newcastle are the only Premier League side yet to sign a senior player.  Will Harford improve that situation?


Newcastle need to act quickly.  They need to clarify Harford’s role.  Make it clear he’s not there to undermine Pardew.




 
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