Newcastle Utd in for Olympique Lyonnais striker Bafetimbi Gomis

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew
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NEWCASTLE United are closing in on a deal for Olympique Lyonnais striker Bafetimbi Gomis.

Alan Pardew’s hoping the club will sign a striker before the end of the week.

And talks are ongoing with Lyon over a move for Gomis.

The French club’s owner, Jean-Michel Aulas, has been quoted in France on Newcastle and Aston Villa’s interest in the 27-year-old, who is reportedly keen on a move to St James’s Park.

Gomis, then a Saint-Etienne player, interested United during Kevin Keegan’s second spell as manager.

Pardew and his players are in Portugal for the club’s pre-season tour.

United take on Rio Ave in Vila do Conde tomorrow evening, with the fixture their second warm-up game