Neil Warnock confirms he tried to sign Bafetimbi Gomis when Crystal Palace boss

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Warnock attempted to sign Swansea’s Gomis when Crystal Palace manager.

Speaking to talkSPORT, Neil Warnock confirmed that he attempted to sign Bafetimbi Gomis when in charge of Crystal Palace.

Warnock said: “I offered money to Huw Jenkins for him [Gomis]. He did think about it, but we never quite came to the valuation that Huw had when I was at Palace, so he stayed where he was. I think if he has a big offer from Asia or somewhere, he will move on rather than stay around [in England].”

Gomis was a target for Warnock last January, with the South London club targeting the striker heading into the end of 2014.

The Daily Mail reported that the Eagles tabled a £6 million bid for the French forward, having endured a goal-shy first-half of the season, and Warnock has confirmed that the reports were truthful.

However, the fee offered was far below that which Huw Jenkins was demanding, and Warnock was sacked early in the transfer window which meant he could not raise the offer.

This potential deal for Gomis was not revived when Pardew was named boss, and Gomis remains with the Swans, enduring runs of mixed form in the recent year.

Warnock has also given his thoughts on Gomis’ future, believing that he will not remain in the Premier League if the striker does leave Swansea this month. The former Palace boss believes that Gomis would prefer a big-money move to Asia or a similar country knowing that he is entering the latter stages of his career.

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