Bafetimbi Gomis: 'Newcastle United move broke down over wages'

Gomis: 'Newcastle move broke down over wages'
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Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis reveals that his proposed summer move to Newcastle United broke down because he was not prepared to take a wage cut.

Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis has revealed that his move to Newcastle United collapsed because he was not prepared to take a wage cut.

The French international, 28, was heavily linked with a transfer to the Premier League club over the summer.

"I had a talk with Newcastle's coach and we found an agreement," Gomis told TV show Canal Football Club. "Then there were talks with Lyon, there was a first offer - which was refused and then a second one, which was accepted.

"Newcastle then came back to me and asked me to make an effort on wages - but I never asked anything as it was my club which wanted to transfer me, so the effort had to be made by Newcastle or Lyon."

Gomis scored 18 goals in all competitions for Lyon last season.

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