The contract of Olympique Lyonnais forward Bafetimbi Gomis is due to end in less than two months and there is still no clear suggestion of where the French forward will be playing his football next season.
Last summer Newcastle United were reportedly very interested in the 28-year-old, but a failure to agree a fee or wages – depending on who you listen to – led to the move breaking down. With Loic Remy’s loan deal ending and Luuk de Jong’s failure in front of goal, there could be a returning interest from the North-East club again this summer.
Gomis started the campaign in the Lyon reserves, but has fought his way back and scored 14 league goals this season; and alongside Alexandre Lacazette he has formed a formidable partnership in the Lyon attack. It looks like he is going to have a number of clubs interested; Wolfsburg, Inter Milan and Fiorentina are all known to have watched the forward recently.
Another club said to be interested is Olympique de Marseille, and Gomis failed to rule them out as a contender this weekend, his comments coming just moments after Lyon had lost 4-2 against Marseille on Sunday night.
"OM deserves this victory. We'll see what happens next season, I will speak in due time. For now, I'm still Lyon. But interest from OM is flattering.”
At this stage of his contract it seems Gomis is just trying to finish the current season with Lyon before deciding where he is going to play next.
OL are trying to secure a place in next season’s Europa League and the loss to Marseille has seen OM close the gap to just two points with two games left. Lyon currently occupy fifth place, they are unlikely to catch Saint-Etienne in fourth as they fell five points behind them this weekend, so keeping OM at bay will be their priority.
Once the season is finished, Gomis will be able to weigh up all his options. It would be very interesting to see if Alan Pardew and Newcastle came back in for him this summer. It would depend on the other offers that come his way, but the chance to play in the Premier League may be enough to convince him to make the move to St James’ Park.
In the current Newcastle squad, only Remy has scored as many goals as Gomis, and his loan spell is about to end. If Newcastle can convince Gomis to sign for them, it is a move that would suit all parties, and the forward could be a big star in the Premier League.