Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew confirmed his interest in French striker Bafetimbi Gomis, who the Toon have reported placed a bid on and are in advanced talks to sign. The Lyon striker has said to be keen on signing with Newcastle, despite state his desire to stay and continue his career with Lyon.
"We have expressed an interest in Gomis," Pardew told The Times. "We think that he's a player who has great potential. He's a French international who's played at the highest level for his club."
The thought is that Gomis would quickly acclimate to the lineup, being familiar with some of the other French players in the Toon lineup such as Yohan Cabaye and Mathieu Debuchy. It's also believed that the transfer fee for Gomis could be in the £4-7 million range because he's in the final year of his contract at Lyon, which would be an absolute steal.
If the Toon can bring in Gomis to pair with Papiss Cisse, the attack would look much more promising. He's not a "proven Premier League scorer" but he's proven he can score in Champions League matches and also facilitate his teammates in the box.
But... then there is now the talk of Newcastle looking to sell Cisse due to the Wonga conflict, which opens up a whole new can of worms.