Newcastle United will add Bafetimbi Gomis to their strikeforce as one of two new forward arrivals expected next week – provided his agent backs down on the fee he is demanding for brokering the deal.
With moves for two strikers in the offing, the gloom surrounding Newcastle’s transfer activity finally lifted on Friday – persuading senior club sources who had been pessimistic about the prospects of adding a forward to finally believe they are ready to make a breakthrough.
United have agreed a fee of just under£9million for the Lyon striker and have also agreed terms on a three-year contract for Gomis, but the deal is being held up by the demands of his agent.
The Journal can reveal Gomis’ representative is French super-agent Pierre Frelot, who was at the centre of a similar row when Newcastle failed to land Mevlut Erdinc in 2011.
However, the good news for Newcastle fans desperate for progress in the transfer market is the move is likely to go through in the next few days because Gomis is sold on the move and there are no other clubs prepared to do a deal.
This leaves Frelot looking somewhat isolated and apparently contemplating his position.
The Journal also understands Newcastle want to add a second striker to their squad and have made fresh contact with Darren Bent in the last 48 hours.
Their priority target appears to be brokering a loan move for Queens Park Rangers striker Loic Remy, but there is still uncertainty about whether he is sold on moving to the North East.
There is a feeling he may favour a move to London and Newcastle will press him and his Monaco-based agent for an answer over the weekend after reaching an agreement with QPR.
Interestingly, Harry Redknapp’s assertion Newcastle would have to stump up a fee of around ï¿½7m or the striker has proved to be brinkmanship on the part of the Hoops’ boss.
Tony Fernandes is more than happy to contemplate a loan switch, although the terms of the move would see Newcastle take over his wages in full for the season while also pay a ï¿½2m fee. United are prepared to do this.
Bent is the favoured choice of Newcastle boss Alan Pardew and, despite a less-than-productive meeting between Joe Kinnear and the England striker’s agents, there may still be a chance of the deal taking place.
However, the fact he is an insurance policy if Remy falls through may push him towards Fulham, who have made three bids for the England forward.
Newcastle’s entire focus for the last two months has been on bringing in a striker with the hit-list restricted to Bent, Gomis and Remy.
Interestingly, all three were targets long before Kinnear became the club’s director of football.
Lyon club president Jean-Michel Aulas confirmed the state-of-play on the Gomis deal in an interview with a French newspaper.
He said: “We agreed on Newcastle’s offer for an eight million euros transfer plus two million in bonuses. The club have come to accept the player’s salary claims.
“The deal is now subject to an agreement over the agents fees. 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 addition of new strikers will allow Newcastle to loan out Adam Campbell, which is something Pardew feels would be beneficial to the young star.
St Mirren were the first to declare a public interest in the forward, with boss Danny Lennon confirming an enquiry.
United have been delighted with the improvement in Paul Dummett since his spell in Scotland, the left-back close to nailing down a starting spot for the Premier League opener at Manchester City.