Newcastle United Pull Out Of Chase For Bafetimbi Gomis

Magpies end interest in French striker.

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Newcastle look to have ended their pursuit of Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis to pursue other targets, according to Sky Sports.

Negotiations looked to have progressed well over the last couple of weeks, though Newcastle chiefs have seemingly grown frustrated over the length of time it has taken to sort out a deal.

The Magpies have done well in recent years to bring in players from the French league on the cheap, and may look elsewhere in Ligue 1 for additions to their squad, after also apparently dropping their interest in Aston Villa misfit Darren Bent.

Alan Pardew’s side have already strengthened their attacking options this summer with the loan signing of Loic Remy from Queens Park Rangers, but are keen to keep spending in a bid to climb the table after a disappointing fight with relegation last season.

Gomis has been one of the most prolific strikers in France in recent years, and Lyon chief Jean-Michel Aulas has hinted that the 27-year-old could still leave the club in this transfer window, with a few other teams showing an interest in his situation.

He told the club’s official website: “I’m ready to make myself available to discuss the situation with Bafetimbi. I think we both need to swallow our pride, myself being the first.

“But there are no offers currently on the table.”

Gomis joined Lyon in 2009, having previously made a name for himself with Saint Etienne.

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