Swansea are on the brink of completing a deal for Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis, according to Sky Sports.
The 28-year-old moves to Wales after spending five years at Lyon, having switched from rivals St. Etienne for €13million back in 2009. He scored 62 times for Lyon in 172 appearances ,with 17 goals coming via last season. He currently holds the record for the Champions League’s fastest ever hat trick, set in 2011 when he scored three goals in seven minutes against Dinamo Zagreb.
Gomis' Premier League links
Gomis has also earned 12 caps since 2008 and he has scored three goals for the French national side. The Lyon forward has been linked with a move to the Premier League for several years, with Newcastle having shown interest in bringing the 28-year-old to England prior to his move to Lyon. With his contract coming to an end with the seven times French champions, it was expected that Newcastle would once again show an interest in signing the burly striker.
Sunderland and West Ham United were also rumoured to be interested in trying to attract the Frenchman, however the latest reports suggest that Swansea have beaten the competition to the talented goalscorer, and he is expected to move on a free transfer deal to strength Garry Monk’s attacking options.
Gomis becomes Swansea’s second signing of the summer after Lukasz Fabianski moved from Arsenal at the start of the summer. Swansea have also been linked with Falkirk’s left back Stephen Kingsley, who could move to the Liberty Stadium in a deal worth £850,000. He would join up with former teammate Jay Fulton, who joined the Swans in January.
With the 2016 European Championships being held in France, Gomis will be hoping to produce displays that could earn him his first cap since last June. Swansea will be hoping that he will have the same effect Michu did when he first arrived in the Premier League.
A stunning first season was forgotten about with the Spaniard looking a completely different player last year. If Gomis can inspire his new strike partner to rekindle his previous form, Swansea could be a team to watch for next season.
Gomis moves the Liberty Stadium on a four year deal, eager to prove that all the speculation over the last couple of years about how well he would fit into the style of play in the Premier League is all true.
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