Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis has confirmed he will stay with the club until next summer – which means his Premier League suitors might not be able to sign him in the winter transfer window.
The France striker was widely linked with a move to Newcastle during the transfer window. At one stage he appeared to be on the verge of a move to Tyneside, but Alan Pardew’s side then cooled their interest.
Having been frozen out during the transfer saga and forced to train away from the first-team squad, Gomis has now rejoined his team-mates. And he has already ruled out another transfer saga in the January.
Asked how long he would remain at the club, Gomis told reporters: “Until the summer.”
Considering the club is sponsored by PokerStars, neither Lyon nor Gomis played their cards particularly close to their chests over the summer.
Suggestions that the French side were demanding the player waive his severance package because his involvement in a sex scandal had damaged their reputation became public knowledge.
President Jean-Michel Aulas then made it public knowledge that Newcastle were no longer pursuing the 28-year-old, before Gomis himself accused the Toon of moving the goalposts over his wage demands.
But it now seems that everybody is ready to make up and reassess the situation at the end of the current season.
Gomis revealed he had met Aulas at the weekend to iron out their differences.
He said: “He also wanted to defend his interests, like I have defended mine.
“Now the transfer window is over, we must go again hand in hand.
“If I decided to stay it is because I respect the hierarchy.
“The president is also known to be positive.”
He made his return to the first-team against Rennes on Sunday night, but was unable to find the net as the two sides play out a 0-0 draw (which you can see in the video above).