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Swansea consider Bafetimbi Gomis as replacement for Wilfried Bony

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Swansea City will reportedly hold talks with free agent Bafetimbi Gomis as they consider potential replacements for last season’s leading goalscorer Wilfried Bony. Arsenal, Everton and Liverpool have all made enquiries about Bony, who found the net on 25 occasions during his maiden campaign in England.

Gomis is will be out of contract next month with his Lyon deal set to expire, and is due in London with his agent in order to speak to a number of interested clubs. According to the Daily Mail, Swansea are among those considering recruiting the France international, along with Sunderland and West Ham.

The interest in Gomis has supposedly been prompted by uncertainty surrounding Bony, with Swansea actively identifying players capable of taking the place of the Ivorian were a sizeable offer to be made.

It is claimed that Arsenal, Everton and Liverpool have all been in touch with Swansea regarding Bony, with Arsene Wenger, Roberto Martinez and Brendan Rodgers all keen on reinforcing their respective goalscoring ranks during the summer transfer window.

Bony would not come cheap, that is of course if Swansea would consider selling, and Liverpool specifically have been linked with a bid of £18 million for the 25-year-old. Swansea, though, are reported to be holding out for £25 million.

Prolific duo Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge are Liverpool’s only proven central forwards, and the club are looking to bolster for the new campaign given the rigours that will come with a return to the Champions League.

Arsenal, meanwhile, have only Olivier Giroud and Yaya Sanogo among their number following the respective departures of Nicklas Bendtner and Park Chu-Young, and the acquisition of another striker remains a priority. Bony could be the player who fits the criteria.

Elsewhere, Everton would ideally like to make Romelu Lukaku’s move to Goodison Park a permanent one, although they may have more luck mounting a pursuit for Bony given Chelsea’s supposed reluctance to sell to another Premier League club.

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