Lyon president Jean Michel Aulas has admitted to being 'pessimistic' over striker Bafetimbi Gomis's proposed move to Newcastle.
28-year-old Gomis, who joined the club from Ligue 1 rivals Saint-Etienne in July 2009, has just one year remaining on his current contract and has been the subject of strong interest from the Toon during the current summer transfer window.
Reports over the weekend suggested that the two clubs had agreed a fee for Gomis, yet there are still no signs of the deal being any closer to completion.
"Personally, I am very pessimistic. Someone is pulling the strings behind the scenes," Aulas told L'Equipe 21 TV.
"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."
Aulas also confirmed that if a deal for Gomis cannot be struck with Newcastle or any other club, Lyon would be content to keep him at Stade de Gerland.
"For the moment, the situation is blocked," he added. "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."
Despite the chances of Gomis arriving at St. James' Park apparently dwindling, Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has moved elsewhere to boost his striking unit this week.
On Tuesday, the club confirmed the signing of French forward Loic Remy on loan from Championship outfit QPR. 26-year-old Remy, who turned down the opportunity to join Newcastle in January, scored six goals in the Premier League last season as Harry Redknapp's side suffered relegation.
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