The president of Lyon Jean-Michel Aulas has told the French media that Newcastle United’s attempts to bring Bafétimbi Gomis to England broke down because of the player’s agent. There have been reports in France that the transfer never happened due to a disagreement over the salary Newcastle had offered the French international which is something Aulas has denied

Le10 Sport have reported on Aulas' claims that the transfer fee and the salary had been agreed with Newcastle. He revealed discussions had progressed well with the Premier League club but all of sudden the deal was pulled by the club because of issues with player’s agent.

In the end he said Gomis had to return to the French club and start the season with Lyon. Aulas believes if there wasn’t any interference from the forward’s agent then he would now be a Newcastle United player. He said that any president would have done the same thing if they were in his position and pull out of the deal.