14 Mar 2013

€13m LFC striker target will 'discuss a transfer' in June. LFC Bid...?

During the January transfer window, Liverpool were heavily linked with a move for Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis, one of the most prolific goalscorers in France's Ligue One. At the time, Gomis admitted to being 'flattered' by LFC's interest, and this week, he's hinted yet again that he could leave the French giants this summer.

Quizzed by Reporters last night about his future, Gomis - who has 16 goals and 5 assists for Lyon this season - said:

"There have been discussions between my representatives and the president.

"It was agreed that put it aside until the end of the season. Then, we will discuss a possible transfer"

When asked in December about speculation linking him with a move to Liverpool or Spurs, Gomis insisted he was not 'polluting' his mind with thoughts of leaving. He told RTL Radio:

"You never know what can happen in football, we all realise that there are players who can be bought, but I want to finish the season here. After that it is true that there are championships that I like, where I would like to evolve"

The Reds reportedly scouted Gomis earlier this season with a view to negotiating a January deal, and according to a report in the Daily Mail:

"Spurs and Liverpool have stepped up their hunt for Bafetimbi Gomis after the player's representatives flew to London for a meeting last week. His representatives saw both Spurs and Liverpool [Reps]"

Last season, Gomis - nicknamed the 'Baby Drogba' - scored a stunning 7-minute hat-trick in the Champions League against Dinamo Zagreb, the fastest treble ever recorded in the competition.

Marseille right-back Rod Fanni has gone toe-to-toe with Gomis many times over the years, and when asked recently to name the player he most feared at Lyon, he told Le10Sport:

"Bafétimbi Gomis. He is one of the best strikers in France, one of the most complete. He is very strong, he can score, and play well with partners. He is the complete striker, and is one of the most dangerous players of the team"

Gomis - who is currently fourth in the Ligue One goalscoring charts - cost Lyon €13m in 2009, and his current contract expires in 2014, which puts him in a strong bargaining position, especially as he's integral to Lyon's success.

Liverpool are sure to be linked with many strikers over the summer, and the Gomis link will inevitably arise again. Would he be a good addition to the squad...?

Jaimie Kanwar


  1. He'll definitely improve the squad..it's good to see we are being linked with one of the best player of the league..not some average player from mid table..I think we'll have a strong squad for champions league contention next season..

  2. Sure this would strengthen the squad, but I dont think a signing like Gomis would be happy to just be a squad player, if we want another striker to just fill a gap we have Yesil/Morgan...

    IMO, we shouldn't be looking to sign or sell anyone just yet. Especially sign players, if we aren't in Europe next season I don't think we will be adding to the squad, we may just be replacing one or two players. There's a key difference. 

  3. its hard to know whether  to promote yesil,morgan,ngoo as back up strikers  and give them run outs in "won"  60-65mins gone, or to get gomis as quality backup for suarez /sturridge ,should they get lengthy illnesses.... i would use the back up youngsters myself, and buy bigger midfielders like eriksen, or some one of that quality instead... thoughts...

  4. yeah..you're right if suarez is injured or banned(like last year and he is 2 yellow away),i dont know what will happen to the team..we should have good back-up for him.and midfielders like eriksen wont come to liverpool if teams like tottenham are chasing him until we've champions league football which is very difficult this season.
    i'm still wondering why we didn't trigger the release clause of isco before he signed a new contract..he'd been a hell good signing..
    but season ending is looking good And still 27 points to go....

  5. Somehow I'm not sure a guy who's near the top of the goal scoring competition in France is interested in playing back-up to anyone.  I think we have good stikers already.  I would much rather have more defense since it is what has let us down over the season.  I woiuldn't spend on a striker until we shore up the back four a bit...five if you count defensive mid-field.

  6. He is a fantastic forward, can play as target man or as a part of 2/3 men forward line.  At

    £10/11mn, he can be an outstanding No. 9.  However, he 'll be 28 when next season starts & definitely 'll ask for high salary.

    Gomis could have been a fantastic purchase 2 years back when we spent

    £35mn somewhere else, but now I believe our priority lies in other areas. 

    £20 is not a big amount, but if we get around £45mn-£50mn from sales of Carroll, Skartel, Downing, Selvey, Aamo, Pacheco, Asaidi, Spearing & may be few others, that makes the budget £65mn-£70mn; which is quite a good money if you spend wisely & for that sort of money, we should go for Gomis, because still we 'll have enough to buy a top quality GK, CB, CM & a winger.

    Ter Setgen £13mn
    Sakho        £13mn
    Sissokho     £6mn
    Feghuli       £14mn
    Ben Afra     £14mn
    Gomis         £10mn

    Total          £70mn