Newcastle’s long awaited search for a new striker edged closer to an end after the club tabled an offer for French international Bafetimbi Gomis. This comes amid reports that Papiss Cisse returned home from the club’s pre-season preparations due to an on-going shirt sponsorship row.
Gomis would be the first senior summer signing at St James’ Park and become the latest member of the club’s growing French legion, with the club expected to discuss personal terms with the 27-year-old Lyon striker. And the former St Etienne player, who has scored 119 goals in 340 Ligue 1 appearances, is thought to be keen on a move to the Premier League.
If the powerful forward was to sign for Newcastle it may spell the start of a strikers’ merry go round at the club. With Pardew still openly interested in forwards Loic Remy and Darren Bent it could signal the end of Cisse’s Magpies career, along with Shola Ameobi’s. With the Nigerian striker wanting first team football and Cisse’s continued struggle with the club’s shirt sponsor, money-lending site Wonga, both forwards could depart before the start of the season.
With The Sun mooting a cut-price £7m fee for French striker Gomis a move appears to be edging nearer. The newspaper is also reporting that the club are also lining up another potential recruit from Ligue 1, this time from Marseille. It is thought the French club are looking to off load Andre-Pierre Gignac in a bid to cut their wage bill for a possible move for Joey Barton.
Newcastle see the Frenchman as an ideal player for the Premier League, with his power and finishing an effective part of his game. While Gignac has endured a tough time with Marseille things improved for the striker this season, seeing him score 18 goals in 39 appearances last season. However, even if the Magpies were to bid for the striker he may prove hard to lure to the north east, with the player showing no desire to leave.
What will buoy Newcastle fans’ spirits will be an active sign of movement in the transfer window. After seeing many rumours about potential stars leaving and no influx of new players pressure had started to mount on Pardew and director of football Joe Kinnear, especially with the club already missing out on various potential targets. Fans will now be hoping for a change in fortunes, starting with the possible cut price capture of Gomis.
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