Newcastle United In Talks to Sign Lyon Forward Bafetimbi Gomis as Magpies Prepare to Sell Papiss Cisse

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St James’ Park side linked with move for French international.

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Newcastle United have commenced talks with Olympique Lyon over a potential £7million move for their French striker Bafetimbi Gomis, as Alan Pardew finally looks to add to his Ligue 1 based squad according to the Metro.

Magpies boss Pardew told British press that he expected a signing by the time his squad returns to Tyneside, from their pre-season camp in Braga next week. Joe Kinnear has been handed the responsibility in bringing players to St James’ Park this summer, after Pardew and Graham Carr [scout] gave him a list of players to consider.

Lyon confirmed yesterday that the Premier League side were interested in their striker, but today the Metro claim talks have taken place over the potential move.

Gomis was strongly linked to moves to the United Kingdom, but to Wales instead of England. It was widely reported that the 27 year-old was in talks with Swansea City before they wrapped up a deal with Vitesse for their Ivorian striker Wilfried Bony.

The PFA and Newcastle will now try to work on a solution to the Cisse – Wonga issue, before Kinnear works on bringing in their next signing – which is expected to be Darren Bent.

The Premier League club are the only side in the English top flight yet to sign a senior player, in fact Mike Ashley has only signed French teenager Olivier Kemen so far.

It is believed business has only started slow due to the appointment of a new Director of Football, but work on new players for Pardew’s squad is now well underway.

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