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Lyon star says Newcastle refused to meet wage demands

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Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis has revealed that his proposed move to Newcastle fell through after he was asked to take a wage cut.

The France international has only one year left on his contract at the Ligue 1 side and was strongly linked with a move to Alan Pardew's side during the summer transfer window. 

He stayed put however and is now likely to be a free agent next summer.

But the 28-year-old has revealed he may well have moved to the north-east had it not been for the Magpies' refusal to meet his wage demands after terms had been agreed between the two clubs.

"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 has been at the French club since 2009 scoring 50 goals in 141 appearances. 

Newcastle may be able to contest for Gomis' signature in a year's time when he is a free agent, as the former St Etienne man is unlikely to sign a new contract with Lyon.

"Now I think after what has been said and done, it is not conceivable to talk about any prolongation," he said.

The revelation is likely to irk Newcastle fans further after an inactive transfer window in which Pardew and new director of football Joe Kinnear managed to make just one new addition to the squad - the loan signing of Loic Remy from QPR. 

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