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Newcastle Transfer News: £10 Million Bid For Bakary Kone & Bafetimbi Gomis Coming?

9 Aug

Bafetimbi Gomis

Newcastle are weighing up a 10 million double swoop for Lyon pair Bakary Kone and Bafetimbi Gomis, according to the Mirror.

Defender Kone is also on the radar of Premier League newcomers Cardiff, with the Burkina Faso international set for a switch to England this summer.

Magpie’s manager Alan Pardew had initially urged new director of football Joe Kinnear to sign Gomis this summer, but Kone is also being offered by the French club. A double swoop would cost 10 million.

Newcastle fans are becoming anxious that the club are yet to make any serious headway in this summer’s transfer window off the back of a damaging campaign last season that almost saw the North East outfit relegated.

Pardew has told supporters to relax however, and that he is on Kinnear’s case about pushing through a deal.

The former Reading boss said:

“I’m pushing Joe to get a transfer in. I think we need a boost now. We are in a situation where we want to progress now. The team is in a good place.”

As well as pursuing Kone and Gomis, Newcastle also lead the race for unwanted Aston Villa striker Darren Bent. However, they are set to face competition from Bent’s former club Tottenham for Gomis.

Pardew added:

“Gomis is a player who would suit us, and we should pursue it as strongly as we can.”

Shola Ameobi meanwhile has been told he won’t be leaving St James’ Park this summer despite continued interest from Middlesbrough and Birmingham.

The club’s joint-top goalscorer last season, Papiss Cisse, continues to face an uncertain future however as his row with the Magpies over their sponsorship agreement continues to go on.

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Tottenham vs Lyon – Team News, Match Preview & Likely Line-Ups

24 Apr

Friedel

  • Date: Thursday, 14th February
  • Venue: White Hart Lane
  • K/o: 20:05

Team News

Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris will not face his former team as Spurs host Lyon in the first leg of their Europa League last-32 tie.

Brad Friedel will start in goal against the French club, while Emmanuel Adebayor will lead the line up front in the absence of the injured Jermain Defoe, who misses out with an ankle injury.

Long-term absentees Sandro and Younes Kaboul remain out, but the latter should be available again for the second leg in a fortnight.

Tom Huddlestone is ruled out with a minor knee injury but new signing Lewis Holtby could start.

Lyon have no fresh injury concerns and Former AC Milan playmaker Yoann Gourcuff may start.

In-demand striker Bafetimbi Gomis may be given the nod ahead of Lisandro Lopez up front with the Frenchman racking up 16 goals so far this season.

Match Preview

Tottenham play host to Lyon tonight on the back of a 2-1 win over Newcastle United in the Premier League which provides Andre Villas-Boas and his men a fantastic opportunity to qualify for the more notable of the two European competitions – the Champions League – next season.

Lyon meanwhile are also well equipped to qualify for Europe’s top competition but trail first placed Paris St Germain by 6 points in Ligue 1. R mi Garde’s men warmed up for this encounter in the worst possible fashion however. They have just one win from their last four and come into this game after a 1-3 home defeat to Lille.

Tottenham will also be further boosted by the fact that they are unbeaten in the UEFA Europa League this season and have not lost, at home, in any competition, since Wigan beat them in a Premier League match in early November.

Former Lyon goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, who joined from the French outfit last summer, will not be facing his former club for the first time with veteran American shot-stopper Brad Friedel getting the nod instead.

Likely Line-Ups

Tottenham

Friedel, Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Dembele, Holtby, Bale, Dempsey, Adebayor

Lyon

Vercoutre, Reveillere, Lovren, Bisevac, Dabo, Fofana, Gonalons, Gourcuff, Grenier, Ghezzal, Gomis

Source: International Business Times

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