Gomis’s choice between Cardiff and Swansea: Surely a no-brainer

Reports suggest that Cardiff and Swansea are competing for the French striker, but is there really a competition?

Reports at the weekend suggested that Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis was in a good old fashioned transfer tug-of-war between Welsh rivals Cardiff City and Swansea City.

The Bluebirds have long been interested in the 27-year-old French international. And having finally secured Premier League football, it was believed that manager Malky Mackay would follow up initial enquiries with an offer for a striker approaching the last year of his contract.

The only problem was, Michael Laudrup was said to be considering a swoop of his own. And stories today suggest the Swans are now in pole position for Gomis.

But were they ever not? Surely in its simplest form, any competition between Cardiff and Swansea for a player of such quality is no competition at all.

And that isn’t meant as an insult – no matter how much it may sound like one. It is simply a statement of fact. Because regardless of the money on offer, and regardless of what Cardiff may aspire to in the coming seasons, Swansea have already done it.

They have secured top flight stability. They have conquered the troublesome second year, improving on their freshman efforts rather than succumbing to the all-too-common second season syndrome. They have won a trophy and they have secured European football.

Cardiff, on the other hand, have it all to do; which isn’t to say they won’t do it, only that at 27, and with 16 league goals last season for a side that finished third in Ligue 1, Gomis will surely pick a European campaign and a crack at bettering ninth over an attempt to help a new club find their feet.

Both sides have crucial summers ahead of them. It has already been reported that Laudrup is frustrated at a lack of transfer activity, while Mackay will have to work hard and fast to ensure he has a squad capable of Premier League survival and whatever comes next.

Gomis would be a worthy and useful helper in that cause. But I can’t see him choosing them. Not when Swansea can offer him the chance to do what he is best at, having already stamped their identity on the league.

Cardiff are far more likely to sign lesser lights, players few outside their country have heard of, players like the ones Swansea signed last summer in fact. And look what happened to them.

Do you believe Swansea have the advantage when it comes to signing Gomis?  And which other players should both clubs move for this summer?

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