Newcastle’s Gomis move back in balance

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LYON president Jean Michel Aulas says he is “pessimistic” about the possibility of striker Bafetimbi Gomis joining Newcastle United.

The possible transfer of Gomis to United from the French outfit has taken another dramatic twist, and once again looks to be in the balance.

The player himself came out on social network site Twitter yesterday to reveal he was learning English, and insisting that it wasn’t him who holding up any deal.

Now Aulas has said he feels that something is going on behind the scenes, and has intimated that the player could even stay at Lyon.

Speaking to L’Equipe 21 TV after Lyon’s win over Grasshoppers, which saw them qualify for the Champions League play-offs, Aulas said: “I am very disappointed that the deal was never finished with Newcastle.

“Personally, I am very pessimistic. Someone is pulling the strings behind the scenes.

“I have filed a complaint for ‘destabilisation’. Things will be settled in front of the appropriate committee.

“It is a complete disservice to Bafe. He is a player that we respect. It completely flipped over with Newcastle. It was a priority that Bafe should have got what he wanted in terms of salary.

“For the moment, the situation is blocked. On the 30th August, if no solution is reached we will reintegrate Bafe in the squad. We will have to change our approach to Bafe’s situation. Our desire is to settle things positively for everyone involved.”