“I had a talk with Newcastle’s coach and we found an agreement,” Gomis told Canal Plus. “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.” The 28-year-old will become a free agent next summer and admits he is unlikely to agree a new deal with Lyon, clearing the way for Newcastle once more. “Now I think after what has been said and done, it is not conceivable to talk about any extension,” he added. Even so, Gomis’ revelations may increase the pressure on Pardew and beleaguered director of football Joe Kinnear, who made just one addition to Newcastle’s squad and has been under fire from supporters ever since his controversial appointment at St James’ Park over the summer. Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis has revealed his proposed move to Newcastle fell through due to his reluctance to take a drop in wages. Press Association The former St Etienne man was constantly linked with Alan Pardew’s side throughout the summer transfer window yet deadline day came and went with Gomis remaining in eastern France. He claims a deal was initially agreed before the Magpies then asked him to lower his wage demands after having a second transfer bid accepted by Lyon.
…maintains he’s on vacation leave, not admin leaveCommander-in-Chief, President David Granger has revealed that the Administration would decide the next move as it relates to the suitability of Top Cop Seelall Persaud, to lead the Guyana Police Force.Police Commissioner Seelall PersaudPersaud was slated to return to work on November 24 after being on four months’ vacation leave, but was asked to remain on leave “in the interest of public” by Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan.In a letter, the Minister instructed Persaud to proceed on “special leave” until further notice in the interest of the public, so as to allow for the continuation of initiatives and innovations being pursued by the Guyana Police Force’s temporary administration.That move was translated by social commentators as Persaud getting the boot following the recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the alleged plot to assassinate President Granger.The President, however, on Wednesday said that Persaud has not been asked to proceed on administrative leave rather he was merely asked to use up his remaining annual leave. He noted that the coalition Government was not in favour of public servants accumulating leave which sometimes result in them requesting payment for that time.“Right now, there is nothing abnormal or irregular about Mr Seelall Persaud going on leave. The leave is due to him; he is not being sent on administrative leave; the leave is due to him and he should enjoy it,” he added.On March 29, Andriff Gillard reported to the Police that his friend and neighbour, Nizam Khan, had offered him $7 million to assassinate the President. He said the offer was made during a conversation between Khan and himself after he had approached Khan to borrow $6 million to purchase a property.Following the allegation, President Granger commissioned an inquiry to investigate how the Police had done their investigation of the allegation, and to make recommendations to address flaws and shortcomings of the Police Force.Retired Assistant Police Commissioner Paul Slowe headed the CoI. In his recommendations, Slowe suggested that disciplinary actions be taken against Police Commissioner Persaud and that he be made to resign and investigated for perjury.The Commission found that a proper investigation was not conducted into the allegation made by Gillard, owing to the interference of Persaud. Slowe reported that the response by the Police was conditioned by the fact that Imran Khan, brother of the accused, has a close relationship with Persaud and other senior ranks of the Police Force. In addition, the Commission found that Imran had considerable influence in the decisions of Persaud in relation to promotions and transfers, which ultimately resulted in the investigative ranks being apprehensive.“The Commission recommends that Commissioner Seelall Persaud should be made to resign his position as the Commissioner of Police for the Guyana Police Force, under such terms and conditions that His Excellency considers appropriate.Failing which, proceedings should be initiated in accordance with Article 225 of the Constitution of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana to have him removed from the office for misbehaviour,” the report stated.It was also recommended that Persaud be investigated for perjury since he told the CoI that he first knew about the allegation after 16:00h on March 29, in spite of Assistant Police Commissioner Clifton Hicken testifying that he informed Persaud of the allegation around 10:00h that morning.However, Ramjattan expressed the opinion that he was not in agreement with all of the recommendations of the report, and noted that before they were acted upon, they would have to be deliberated at Cabinet.