Newcastle are set to add to their ever growing French contingent as they close in on deals for French strikers Bafetimbi Gomis and Loic Remy.
The Magpies new director of football, Joe Kinnear, promised a striker on his arrival at the club and if reports are to believed he looks set to deliver two.
Newcastle have confirmed that they are talks with Gomis’ club, Ligue 1 side Lyon, with manager Alan Pardew saying ‘The Lyon president has come out and said we are involved with Gomis – and I can confirm we are. Bafetimbi is a player we think could do very well for us. He is on our sights.’
Gomis is entering the final year of his contract with the Ligue 1 side and would cost the club a fee close to £8 million. The player has reportedly already held talks with the club and a deal could be agreed in the coming days.
The 27 year old 16 league goals in 27 games last season notching up 20 in all competitions. The 10 times capped French International made his name with St. Etienne before moving to Lyon in €13 million deal in 2009, helping the club to the Coupe de France in 2012.
Gomis could form a new-look partnership with another French International with Newcastle believed to be ready to re-kindle their interest in Loic Remy.
The QPR striker was close to moving to St James’ Park during the January transfer window but the club and player failed to agree on the remuneration package and Remy ultimately moved to London, scoring 6 goals in 14 games.
QPR’s relegation from the Premier League means that the club will now look to offload their high earners with Remy amongst the likely departures. The 26 year old would cost Newcastle £10 million but with Spurs also linked Pardew will hope his new director of football moves swiftly to seal a deal.
The arrival of Gomis and Remy would see Newcastle start the season with a new-look strike force and would place doubts over the long term future of Papiss Cisse.
The Senegal striker is set to leave England with a £9 million move to Russian side Rubin Kazan on the cards as the row over wearing the famous Black and White Wonga sponsored shirt wrangles on.
The news will also disappoint Aston Villa striker Darren Bent who had been linked with a move to Tyneside.