According to the Daily Mail (live transfer thread, July 8th at 16:09), Swansea City’s Bafetimbi Gomis has decided to reject Sunderland’s advances in order to move back to France on loan with Marseille.
The report claims that the Black Cats were in for the striker following his lack of game-time at the Liberty Stadium, yet instead Gomis has his eyes on a return to France with a move cited as close.
Gomis gradually fell out of favour with Swansea last season, with boss Francesco Guidolin deciding to bring in his own frontman in Alberto Paloschi last January instead of sticking with Gomis.
The 30-year-old made just three starts in the second half of the campaign, scoring just the once when he came off the bench during the impressive 4-1 win at West Ham United.
The Black Cats are in the market for a new striker to add competition to Jermain Defoe this summer, and boss Sam Allardyce may have felt Gomis would have made an impact at the Stadium of Light.
However, Gomis seemingly has his heart set on a move to Marseille and after a week of discussions between the two clubs, the Daily Mail claim a season-long loan deal is close to agreement.