There might have been plenty going on at Newcastle this summer, but all the drama has been surrounding the appointment of Joe Kinnear as the clubs new director of football. Little transfer activity has taken place but things could be set to pick up this week on that front.
It is believed that an offer has been made for Lyon front man Bafetimbi Gomis. The 27-year-old striker has been the subject of interest from both Fulham and Marseille. Lyon are believed to want £12million for the player, the latest offer from St. James Park is reported to be £6.9million.
The French international is known to be happy to move on from the Ligue 1 side and would be a huge boost to the North-East club who flirted with relegation towards the end of last season. Lyon chairman Michel Aulas said however that the striker didn’t turn up for a pre-arranged meeting to discuss the players future.
He said: "We gave him a letter by hand but he did not come."
Nicknamed ‘Baby Drogba’ the player spent his youth career with Saint-Étienne and made the step up to the senior side in 2004, and between 2004 and 2009 he made 165 appearances for the club, netting an impressive 49 times. In July 2009, Lyon were successful in their pursuit of the player, signing him on a five-year contract for €13million. Since then he has performed steadfastly and scored 74 times in 189 appearances.
He made his France debut in a pre-Euro 2008 friendly against Ecuador. Impressively he scored twice in the game, the first player since Zinedine Zidane to score twice on their French international debut. Gomis has score three times in total in his ten international appearances.
If Newcastle are successful in their pursuit of the player it would be more good news after Papiss Cissé and the club resolved the issue over the player wearing the club shirts which are sponsored by Wonga. Having taken offence based on his religious and personal beliefs, the player was left behind for the pre-season trip to Portugal.
Newcastle are also linked with taking QPR striker Loic Remy on a season long loan deal. Despite the clubs relegation, Remy was impressive for the London side in the second half of last season. He had been close to signing for Newcastle during the last transfer window but was ultimately wooed by Harry Redknapp. The striker has the caliber to perform at the top level and Pardew would be happy to take the player in as he looks to build a side who he will be hoping for a solid mid-table finish at least.