Reports from France this morning suggest that Bafetimbi Gomis may be on his way to the Ukraine.
With just one year remaining on his contract, the 27-year-old was said to be priced at £8million. And his goal-scoring record last season suggested he would be a fine addition to either side.
When I first reported the story, I claimed that Swansea were favourites for his services, for a number of reasons. And yet the latest news from France is that both sides could miss out to Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donetsk.
Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has made no secret of his desire to move Gomis on before his value decreases further. But having already rejected moves to Turkey and Russia, there is a suggestion that Gomis will not be rushed into a transfer…and may ultimately go nowhere.
“Shakhtar Donetsk gave us a very nice proposal,” Aulas said, “we could fall in agreement with this club.”
The “proposal” is believed to be higher than any offered by either Cardiff or Swansea. But as the player has shown – the final decision rests with him.
Swansea are said to remain interested in Gomis despite a reported move for Standard Liege striker Michy Batshuayi. Reports from Belgium yesterday suggested that Michael Laudrup had offered €3million for the 19-year-old. And while that offer was rejected there is talk of an improved offer being imminent.
Cardiff will also be desperate to sign at least one new striker as they bid to make next season their first of many in the Premier League.
For now it appears Gomis has no desire to leave Lyon simply to appease the club’s money-men. But with prolific forwards increasingly difficult to find, the Swans and the Bluebirds could do worse than match Shakhtar’s offer and place the ball firmly in the player’s court.
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