NEWCASTLE United are unlikely to make a fresh move for French frontman Bafetimbi Gomis.
Reports yesterday claimed that Newcastle were back in for the 28-year-old, who is a free agent this summer.
It was claimed that the Magpies have offered Gomis £85,000 a week, but would have to raise that to £100,000 if they want to land the French striker.
However, that would smash United’s pay structure, with captain Fabricio Coloccini the highest earner on around £80,000 a week.
And a move for Gomis would go against the club’s transfer policy, outlined by new managing director Lee Charnley in a statement last month following his appointment.
Charnley said: “Our transfer policy and strategy is very clear and will remain unchanged. We will focus on identifying and recruiting young players whose best years are ahead of them, which in nearly all cases means players in their early to mid-20s and not beyond.”
Given Gomis will be 29 by the time the season starts, he doesn’t fit that policy and it appears unlikely that Newcastle would make an exception for him.
United’s need for a striker is obvious. Last season’s top goalscorer, Loic Remy, won’t return after his season-long loan from QPR, while Shola Ameobi is also set to leave the club when his contract expires next month.
That just leaves Papiss Cisse, who underwent an operation on a broken kneecap this month and won’t be fit until September at the earliest.
Newcastle are on the verge of completing a move for Tenerife’s 20-year-old Ayoze Perez, but he is viewed as a one for the future.
The fact that Gomis is a free agent is the one thing that goes in his favour. His contract with Lyon runs out this summer, and a number of clubs have been linked with a move for the striker, including Swansea City and West Ham United.
Newcastle have a long-standing interest in the player, having failed to sign him last transfer window when they couldn’t agree terms with his agent and Lyon.
Gomis, capped 14 times by France, enjoyed a relatively successful season with Lyon, scoring 14 times in 33 appearances. However, it wasn’t enough to earn a recall to the national side for the World Cup.