Newcastle set to offer Swansea £7m for Bafetimbi Gomis

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With talks stalling over West Brom's Saido Berahino, The Sun believe Newcastle are preparing a £7 million bid for Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis.

The 30-year-old striker is a surprise candidate for the Magpies, considering he has only scored once in 17 Premier League games and has recently found himself on the Liberty Stadium bench.

Gomis signed from Marseille on a free transfer in 2014 and became Swansea's main striker following the departure of Wilfried Bony to Manchester City six months later. He started this season in fantastic form, scoring in each of the Swans' first four league games.

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But, much like the team, his bright start has turned into a deep decline. The Welsh side had sunk into the relegation zone before Monday night's win against Watford and are very much steeped in a relegation battle.

Unlike last week's sale of Jonjo Shelvey to Newcastle, there won't be much anger if Swansea manage to offload the Frenchman. However, with the persistent rumours that star man Andre Ayew could be sold to fellow strugglers Sunderland, Swans fans must be concerned at the random fire-sale when rivals are strengthening. Are they determined to get relegated?

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Newcastle are still locked in discussions for Berahino and Tottenham's Andros Townsend - each club has proved in the past that they're tough negotiators. So there's a chance that the Gomis link is just a tactic for the Magpies, showing they won't be held to ransom with transfer fees.

They certainly need a striker, with Papiss Cisse's groin injury ruling the Senegalese striker out for three months. Only Aleksandar Mitrovic, Ayoze Perez and flop Emmanuel Riviere can play there.

To be honest, Gomis is an easy link to make considering past attempts to sign him. Middle East clubs Al Ahli and Lekhiywa are prepared to match the French striker’s £80,000-a-week contract, whilst Newcastle are unlikely to go that high.

Newcastle fans - which striker would you like as a Berahino alternative? Feel free to leave a comment below.

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