Newcastle United will play waiting game in bid for Lyon’s Bafetimbi Gomis

TARGET ... Bafetimbi Gomis
TARGET ... Bafetimbi Gomis

NEWCASTLE United are ready to play a waiting game over striking target Bafetimbi Gomis.

Olympique Lyonnais have rejected the club’s latest offer for the 27-year-old.

Newcastle are understood to have tabled a £7m bid for the forward.

Lyon are holding out for an offer closer to £9m - plus add-ons.

The club’s hardline stance has reportedly infuriated Gomis and his representatives, as he has just one year left on his contract at the Ligue 1 club.

With his relationship with Lyon owner Jean-Michel Aulas having broken down, the France international’s departure this summer seems inevitable.

While United are unwilling to increase their bid, their interest in Gomis is not dead.

And the two clubs could yet come to an agreement.

With the new season less than three weeks away, the pressure is on controversial director of football Joe Kinnear to deliver Newcastle’s first summer signing.

United manager Alan Pardew, speaking after Sunday’s 1-0 win over Blackpool, said Kinnear was doing “everything he could” to sign a striker.

Maybe tellingly, he didn’t offer any timescale of when he expected an arrival.

Previously, Pardew had sounded more hopeful of an imminent breakthrough.

Aston Villa striker Darren Bent is another target, while a loan deal has been mooted for Queens Park Rangers’s forward Loic Remy, who turned down a move to St James’s Park in January.

Remy has a £6.8m release clause in his Loftus Road contract.

In the meantime, Pardew’s preparations for the new season continue, with his team taking on St Mirren tonight.

The fixture at St Mirren Park is the club’s fifth pre-season friendly.