Newcastle target Bafetimbi Gomis ready to leave Lyon?

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Bafetimbi Gomis, who was linked with Newcastle United and Crystal Palace in January, is likely to leave Lyon.

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.

The former Saint-Etienne forward was heavily linked with a move to the Premier League in the January transfer window, with Newcastle United and Crystal Palace both reported to be keen on him.

Pierre Menes, a Canal+ correspondent who is close to the France international, has now claimed that Gomis is certain to seek a new club in the summer.

“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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