French international Bafetimbi Gomis has declared that he is yet to decide his future – but should be choose to play for Newcastle or Tottenham?
The powerhouse striker can leave Lyon on a free transfer in the summer upon the expiration of his contract, and has been a rumoured target for Spurs and Newcastle as a result, with both Alan Pardew and Tim Sherwood looking to boost their striking options.
With 80 goals in four-and-a-half years at the Stade Gerland since his 2009 move from rivals Saint-Etienne, Gomis has been a productive player in France, but it seems that the time has come for the 28-year-old to seek pastures new, but has moved to deny speculation that he has already agreed a move to Newcastle.
"I have not signed any pre-contract with anyone. I can pretty much go, as I can very well stay. I play with the mind-set of a player who loves his club and respects his contract. I would not want to give the impression that my head is somewhere else. I'm still proud to wear these colours and I have a lot of ambitions with Lyon, so don't expect me to give up." said Gomis.
Newcastle's abundance of French players would make a move to the North East appealing for Gomis, with familiar faces such as Loic Remy, Mathieu Debuchy and Hatem Ben Arfa already at the club and able to help the striker known as 'Baby Drogba' settle in.
But with Spurs chasing European football and Newcastle's season in a state of flux after the departure of Yohan Cabaye, Gomis could arrive at White Hart Lane and feature in either the Champions League or Europa League. Jermain Defoe is heading to the MLS with Toronto, whilst there are still question marks over Emmanuel Adebayor's future at the club despite his revival under Sherwood.
Gomis looks to be suited to English football, and with his combination of strength and pace a menace to defences, either side would be fortunate to bag him on a free transfer – but despite the French contingent at Newcastle, the prospect of featuring heavily for Tottenham in Europe could swing the deal in Spurs' favour.
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