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Newcastle target to remain at Lyon

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Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis will not be moving clubs on deadline day, despite continued speculation linking him with a move to the Premier League.

Newcastle had held a long standing interest in the France international and Michael Laudrup's Swansea were also linked, but neither club could strike a deal with the player.

Gomis, who has less than a year remaining on his contract, also had other offers from around Europe but looks set to stay at Lyon until January at least.

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas said: "We have to face facts, there isn't an offer that Bafe has accepted despite interest from the English and the Turks and Lyon need a player like him."

The 28-year-old has been with the club since signing from St Etienne in 2009 and has scored 50 league goals in 141 appearances with the multiple time French champions.

Lyon had been keen to strengthen their own squad but may stick with what they have following Gomis' decision.

"It was logical that Bafe would not reach the end of his contract, but if it is not possible to extend we have no more time to reinforce the team, so he will be our reinforcement," said Aulas.

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