BAFETIMBI Gomis is set to sign for Swansea City – dashing Newcastle United’s long-standing interest.
The St Etienne striker was a target for the Magpies last summer, but the proposed move broke down because of the fees demanded by those working on the deal.
With Gomis a free agent this close season, he is looking for a substantial wage.
And Swansea, according to reports in France, have clinched a deal for the 28-year-old, leaving Newcastle to look elsewhere for striking reinforcements, with Ecuador’s in-form forward Enner Valencia an option.
But the value of Valencia – who plays for Mexican side Pachuca – has soared since the start of the World Cup, following his three goals in Brazil.
And that could price Newcastle out of the market.
There is likely to be movement out of Swansea should Gomis, as expected, complete his move to the Liberty Stadium.
However, Swansea’s Wilfried Bony, reportedly a summer target for a number of clubs, has ruled out a move to St James’s Park.
The striker’s agent said earlier this month that Newcastle should have signed him from Vitesse Arnhem last summer when he was available for £10m.
Intriguingly, Michu’s Swansea future is also far from certain.
The 28-year-old – who was prolific in his first season in the Premier League in 2012/13 – is rated in the £12m bracket by his club and could be on the move before the transfer window closes. But it is understood that Michu is not among the Tynesiders’ primary targets.
That could yet change – the transfer market is largely at a standstill because of the World Cup – and the Spain international would be a popular acquisition on Tyneside.
Meanwhile, Tottenham have again been linked with a move for Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul.
It has been reported that the Londoners, now managed by Mauricio Pochettino, are lining up a £10m move for Holland international Krul, who was outstanding in the Magpies’ Premier League win at White Hart Lane last season.
Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris, France’s first-choice goalkeeper, has been linked with a summer move to Paris Saint-Germain.
H Cardiff are reported to have told full-back John Brayford that he can leave, giving hope to Sheffield United boss Nigel Clough that he can land the ex-Derby man. Brayford impressed on loan at the Blades last term.
H Wolfsburg’s director of sport Klaus Allofs has ruled out a return of Croatian Mario Mandzukic to his club amid rumours they had held talks with the unsettled Bayern Munich striker.
H Aberdeen, back in action after their final Scottish Premiership, hit back for a 2-2 draw in their opening pre-season friendly at Dublin club St Patrick’s Athletic, with Adam Rooney and Niall McGinn scoring – 10 days ahead of their first Europa League qualifier.