£7m release clause - Should Newcastle finally sign Bafetimbi Gomis?

Bafetimbi Gomis for St Etienne

Swansea City striker Bafetimbi Gomis reportedly has a £7m release clause.

With 91 goals in 234 games for Lyon, striker Bafetimbi Gomis was unsurprisingly a hot commodity this summer when his contract in France expired.

Moves to England and Italy were mooted, but made the move to Swansea City in June, signing a four-year contract with Garry Monk's side.

The 29-year-old was seen by many to be the replacement for Liverpool and Tottenham-linked Wilfried Bony given their similar styles of play, but with the Ivorian staying put, Gomis has found first team football hard to come by.

Gomis, a former French international, has started just four games in all competitions, scoring twice in limited playing time - and his lack of minutes has reportedly triggered interest from Crystal Palace.

The Daily Mail report that the Eagles are trying to convince Gomis to move to Selhurst Park, but they face competition from other Premier League sides because of £7m release clause.

One of the clubs that may well be interested in Gomis (again) is Newcastle United, who had been tracking Gomis for months before deciding to sign Monaco's Emmanuel Riviere instead this summer.

Now, Riviere has been a total flop at St. James' Park, and Magpies boss Alan Pardew is allegedly looking to sign a target man to play alongside Ayoze Perez, with Anderlecht's Aleksandar Mitrovic on his radar.

The Belgians are likely to demand at least £10m for the Serbian international, and Gomis would certainly offer a cheaper option in terms of transfer fee, even if his wages could be an issue.

Whilst not a technically gifted player, Gomis is a powerhouse of a striker, and would add some physicality to the Newcastle attack.

Pardew has seemingly targeted Gomis before, and his availability should be interesting him again as he searches for a focal point in attack for livewire Perez to feed off.

With 20 goals in each of his last three seasons, Gomis has proven that he can score on a regular basis - and given the failures of Riviere and Facundo Ferreyra, that would be a welcome addition to this buoyant Newcastle side.

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