Swansea rule out Bafetimbi Gomis sale amid £6m bid rumours

Crystal Palace are reported to have bid for Bafetimbi Gomis, while Arsenal and Newcastle are said to be keen, but Swansea City have no intention of selling.

Swansea City agreed a deal for a new striker on Tuesday, with Nelson OIiveira due to arrive from Benfica in January.

Garry Monk will, however, not be adopting a one in, one out approach at the Liberty Stadium.

He is resigned to losing top marksman Wilfried Bony to the Africa Cup of Nations in January, with the burly frontman due to link up with the Ivory Coast.

His absence will leave the Swans short in a key area of the field, and Oliveira is an untested Premier League performer who may require time to settle in new surroundings.

Bafetimbi Gomis has not been in England much longer, and has made only three top-flight starts following a summer arrival in south Wales.

He is considered to be an important part of Monk’s plans, though, and Swansea have moved quickly to quash talk of possible January sale – with Crystal Palace reported to have tabled a bid while Arsenal and Newcastle United wait in the wings.

Monk said at the announcement of Oliveira’s arrival on a short-term loan: "Bafe is a Swansea City player. I have really enjoyed working with him. He is a great professional, a good guy and a top, top player.

"I am trying to give him that game-time, but it has been difficult with Wilfried playing so well.

"It can be frustrating for players, but Bafe has been brilliant and we're now coming into a period where he'll be playing and the shirt will be his to lose.

"I can't stop the speculation, but Bafe is a Swansea City player."

Gomis has netted one goal since joining the Swans as a free agent.

He is a proven marksman at the highest level, though, having graced Champions League competition with Lyon and Euro 2008 with France.

The 29-year-old is a pacey, powerful forward and he really should have no problem adjusting to the demands of life in the English top-flight.

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