Arsenal and Newcastle United are among a number of clubs who have made enquires for Swansea City’s Bafetimbi Gomis, the French striker’s representatives have told Foot Mercato.
Gomis, 29, has scored four goals in 21 total appearances for Swansea since arriving on a free transfer in June, but is already being linked with a move away from the Liberty Stadium after growing frustrated with his lack of starts.
The Telegraph reported this week that Crystal Palace are preparing a club-record £8.25 million bid to lure the former Lyon front man to Selhurst Park, and his entourage have now revealed to the French football website that they are just one of several sides in the discussion.
“The transfer window lasts until February 2 and, for now, Bafé remains calm and stays focused on the field and his club Swansea.
“His position has not changed, he still wants to leave. Schalke 04 and Borussia Dortmund asked for information several days days ago, as have Newcastle, Crystal Palace and Arsenal – but these are only initial approaches, there is nothing concrete.”
Nevertheless, with fellow forward Wilfried Bony joining Manchester City for £28 million this week, Gomis now has a prime opportunity to establish himself in the Swansea side.
Manager Garry Monk himself as backed his unsettled summer signing to replace the departed Ivorian, telling WalesOnline ahead of Saturday’s visit of Chelsea: "I’d already prepared for this period.
We brought in Bafetimbi Gomis and Nelson Oliveira but Bafe is my No.1 striker and going forward we’re looking for both of them to contribute.
"Bafe is a different player, a different striker, but a top quality one in his own right, he’s proven that through all career and to myself even if not had game time he would have liked He’ll show in coming games qualities he has."
However, if Swansea receive a sizeable enough offer, and a potential alternative can be found in the transfer market with the Bony money, then perhaps a Gomis sale shouldn’t be ruled out entirely.