Newcastle United look to new frontiers after passing on Bafetimbi Gomis

Bafetimbi Gomis has been a long-term target for Newcastle United, but the club is looking to new markets including Switzerland and Germany this summer

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Bafetimbi Gomis

Newcastle United are set to pass on free agent striker Bafetimbi Gomis, despite the forward being offered to them earlier this month.

United’s transfer priority has been to add attacking options and, according to Spanish sources, they have moved quickly to tie up a deal for Ayoze Perez.

But a move for Gomis, who is out-of-contract at Lyon, is not on Newcastle’s summer agenda as they look to concentrate striker recruitment efforts on the Spanish, German and Dutch markets.

Newcastle are interested in signing Remy Cabella – who is attracting interest from Chelsea – but they have looked to improve links in Spain and emerging markets like Switzerland for the summer window.

As would be expected given Newcastle’s long-term interest in Gomis, the player’s representatives have made contact with the club about the 28-year-old.

But Gomis’ eye-watering wage demands, which put the club off in their attempts to sign him last summer, are again a factor – as well as his age and limited re-sale value.

Newcastle have money to spend but, despite the frustrations, trials and tribulations of the second half of the season, they do not intend to budge from their stated recruitment philosophy of buying players that fit into the club’s long-held profile of being the right age and possessing a potential re-sale value.

The Magpies also have no interest in Steve Sidwell, despite weekend reports claiming Alan Pardew was angling for a reunion with the Fulham midfielder. There has been no contact either with Darren Bent.

Newcastle’s intention is to be advanced in their recruitment plans by the start of the World Cup finals and they want as many as three new strikers in place before the start of the campaign.

The club have been heavily linked with Pierre-Michel Lasogga, the Germany Under-21 striker who has had a successful loan campaign at Hamburg.

United have already scratched Loic Remy off their summer wish list with the striker having indicated that he wants to play in the Champions League next season.

The forward gave the club no indication that he wanted to play for them and then caused consternation with his insistence that he was not fit to play in the final weeks of the campaign. He did not feel ready to play at Anfield on the final day of the season.

Remy watched Arsenal at the end of the season, but he will not be going back to QPR, according to their manager Harry Redknapp. That is in spite of the club’s promotion over the weekend.

He said: “I don’t see (Loic) Remy wanting to come back and play. He’s talking about playing Champions League somewhere.

“I wouldn’t know what he’ll do, but I think he’s got a buy-out clause (in his contract) which is at a reasonable level.

“Not much more than we paid for him (£8m).”

United are looking to add two forwards who could hit the ground running, but there is also a determination to recruit potential and they have been linked with Metz’s 24-year-old Senegalese striker Diafra Sakho.

The newly-promoted French top-flight club’s Academy director Denis Schaeffer said: “Every game, there are around 15 international clubs who come to the matches to see him.

“English clubs are here. I’m happy he’ll stay until the end of the season. Then it will be difficult for us to keep him.”

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