Bafetimbi Gomis is on a lot of club's shopping lists for this summer but he has been on Newcastle United's radar for a lot longer. Gomis is available on a free transfer this summer after deciding to leave Lyon, and The Magpies were thought to be the initial favourites for his signature.
However things have gone quiet at St James' Park this month and there hasn't been too many signs of transfer activity since the signing of Jack Colback from Sunderland. It has now emerged that Gomis will be holding talks with Swansea City this week.
If Swansea can bring in Gomis and keep hold of Wilfried Bony then they will have a strong, powerful attack for next season. Whilst Gomis is in Britain he could use his time to speak to a number of clubs who are interested in him. Sunderland and West Ham are just two others who are thought to be monitoring the situation.
Just last month The Daily Mail reported that The Magpies were closing in on the transfer of the Frenchman who scored 22 goals for Lyon last season. Due to the fact Gomis is on a free transfer he is thought to be demanding a large salary due to any club not having for pay a transfer fee for him. However this has put off Newcastle and despite scouting and targeting the striker for the best part of two years, they may now have to focus on how to defend against him next season.
A local newspaper in Newcastle The Shields Gazette says that the club has given up on their pursuit of the 28-year-old and are now setting their sights elsewhere. If Gomis does arrive then Swansea may be willing to let Bony or Michu leave but it wouldn't be on the cheap.
Bony would only move to a top-six club but Michu could remain a possibility. Another striker mentioned is one currently starring at the World Cup. Enner Valencia of Ecuador has caught the eye of many, however it is always a risk buying someone on the back of a good World Cup.
Fees are always inflated and it is hard to judge a player's ability when his game will obviously be upped for the great occasion.
If Swansea bring in Gomis, it doesn't say much for Newcastle's current situation. If Garry Monk's side can attract the striker but The Magpies can't then they should be worried. The Welsh side's budget would surely be smaller and this will add further questions about Mike Ashley's ambitions for the club.