Bafetimbi Gomis will leave Lyon at the end of the season, according to a journalist close to the striker.
The 28-year-old’s current contract with the French clubs runs out in the summer, and there are no signs that the two parties will reach an agreement over a new contract.
“Of course he will leave at the end of his contract,” said Menes.
Gomis, who joined Lyon in 2009, has scored 11 goals in 25 Ligue 1 appearances so far this season.
He is strong, physically imposing and can be a handful for opposition defenders.
Gomis’s record in the French top flight in recent years is noteworthy as well: 14 goals in 2011-12 were followed by 16 goals in 2012-13.
And his playing style might suit a Premier League club aiming for a mid-table finish.
However, the Frenchman is largely inconsistent and a promising start to the season often fades into mediocrity.
Moreover, the fact that Lyon are not desperate to offer Gomis a new deal should probably put off a team like Newcastle, who already have a large French contingent that has on occasions been reported to have a bad disruptive influence on the team.
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