Sunderland want to rival Newcastle for top striker target Bafetimbi Gomis

Bafetimbi Gomis v Brest

Newcastle United may see their bid to sign Bafetimbi Gomis hijacked by rivals Sunderland who have reportedly entered the race for the Lyon striker.

Tensions have been running high in the North East this week after Jack Colback made a controversial move across the region joining Newcastle from Sunderland on a free-transfer. 

Now it seems Sunderland could be set to strike a blow back at their bitter rivals, by attempting to pip the Magpies to the signature of the 28-year-old forward who is out of contract at Lyon. 

Gus Poyet will no doubt be keen to bolster his attacking options after the club survived relegation by the skin of their teeth last term, eventually relying on a late spurt of goals from youngster Connor Wickham who was rushed back from a loan spell at Leeds United to assist Sunderland's under-firing senior strikers. 

Jozy Altidore and Steven Fltecher managed to register only four league goals between them all campaign, and their combined total was eclipsed by the 21-year-old Wickham who managed five in just 12 appearances. 

Although Gomis is far from prolific in Ligue 1 with a modest 62 goals in 172 games at Lyon, the 28-year-old French international is still a highly sort-after player across Europe with his performances said to have also caught the eye of Fenerbahçe, Galatasaray and Zenit St Petersburg.  

Newcastle had been regarded as being in the driving seat to sign the striker after reports in the French media suggested Gomis had been offered a sizeable signing on fee of around €2.5m in a bid to tie up the deal before competition mounted from elsewhere.

But with the deal yet to be confirmed, it appears to be out of the hands of Newcastle United and up to Gomis and his representatives.

Sunderland will hope they can compete for the forward, but are unlikely to trouble Newcastle who have a history of getting the upper-hand over their rivals in such situations.

Alan Pardew will have his fingers crossed that the strong French contingency he has built at St James' Park will be enough to tempt the striker to towards joining the Toon Army, but it is likely he will be forced to fight with the two Turkish giants who could more than match just about any wage demands.  


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