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Newcastle target Gomis to stay at Lyon

Bafetimbi Gomis has doused any fears of another saga in the January transfer window by insisting he will remain at Lyon for the entire season and see out his contract.

Over the summer the France striker was involved in an interminable proposed move to Barclays Premier League side Newcastle which eventually fell through.

When asked how long he will remain at the Stade de Gerland, Gomis told reporters: "Until the summer!"

Gomis didn't fancy pay cut

Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis has revealed his proposed move to Newcastle fell through due to his reluctance to take a drop in wages.

" had a talk with Newcastle's coach and we found an agreement.

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.

– Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis speaking to Canal Plus


Garde surprised by La Real quality

Lyon coach Remi Garde admitted his side had underestimated Real Sociedad after their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League group stages hit a snag.

I'm disappointed but I think we played a great team and were not expecting such an opposition. We thought we would be above them physically but it was just the opposite.

It was a bad start to the game. They scored spectacular goals. Their victory is deserved. I wished that we could have reduced the score to move into better conditions.

The quality of play and excitement of previous matches can give me a little hope. We still have 90 minutes. There is hope and we'll be there to exploit it.

– Lyon manager Remi Garde

Gourcuff willing to take pay cut for Arsenal

Yoann Gourcuff is willing to lower his salary if it means securing a move to Arsenal, according to Lyon's president Jean-Michel Aulas.

Responding to suggestions that Gourcuff may join another Ligue 1 club on loan, Aulas said:

Can you see us paying part of his salary for him to play against us with another French club? We've never considered that and it would even more stupid now than it was a fortnight ago.

All that I know, if I understood correctly, is that he was ready to lower his salary to go to Arsenal.

– Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas speaking to French publication OL

Bastos off to Middle East

Brazil international Michel Bastos is to leave Lyon and join Al Ain, the United Arab Emirates club have confirmed.

The versatile left-sided player spent the second half of last season on loan at Bundesliga side Schalke and was scheduled to remain there this season, but has instead agreed a reported three-year deal with Al Ain.


Three vie for Gomis

Lyon chairman and owner Jean-Michel Aulas has confirmed the Ligue 1 club have received three offers for striker Bafetimbi Gomis

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Lyon loan Lopes

Lyon have signed Portugal international defender Miguel Lopes on loan from Sporting Lisbon.

The 26-year-old right-sided defender, whose rights are still partly owned by his former club Porto, has initially joined Lyon on a one-year loan deal with the option for the Ligue 1 outfit to make the move permanent at the end of the season.

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