Newcastle United have made contact with the agents of Bafetimbi Gomis ahead of Monday’s transfer deadline, according to reports this lunchtime.
GFFN (Get French Football News) say that their information is that Newcastle have made the approach but see Gomis as only one of a range of possibilities to bring into St James Park, in the next five days.
The implication appearing to be that United potentially see Bafetimbi Gomis as a back up plan if they can’t get the likes of Saido Berahino or any other supposed longer term target.
The striker already has an offer from Lekhwiya Sports Club in Qatar if he decides he wants to leave the Liberty Stadium, with his first team chances now looking bleak under new boss Francesco Guidolin.
Gomis hasn’t started a Premier League match since December, getting only the final eight minutes when Swansea beat Watford on the day Guidolin was appointed, then the striker didn’t feature in the matchday 18 last weekend when the Swans won at Everton.
The only start he has had this month was to play and score in the embarrassing FA Cup defeat by League Two Oxford United.
His goals per start record isn’t bad since arriving at Swansea, scoring 12 in 33 starts (plus 19 as a sub), but at the age of 30 it is difficult to see Mike Ashley being interested in buying him.
Also, difficult to envisage Gomis playing in the same team as Aleksandar Mitrovic, though slightly more mobile than the Serbian it would be a major surprise to see Steve McClaren fancy that, although he has at last a winger in Townsend who can hopefully at last give some decent service/crosses into the box now.
As for Swansea, whilst they sold Jonjo Shelvey to a relegation rival, hard to see them allowing Gomis to go on loan to the same club and potentially help relegate the Welsh club, whilst technically he is still their player.
However, no disputing that Newcastle definitely still need some more goals in the team despite the promising signings so far.