Newcastle United’s Kinnear must extend search

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DIRECTOR of football Joe Kinnear will look elsewhere for a new striker this week after Newcastle United withdrew its bid for Bafetimbi Gomis.

The proposed deal for the 28-year-old has been shelved. After a agreeing a £7m fee with Lyon, the club became embroiled in a dispute over fees payable to agents.

And Gomis could now agree a new contract at the Stade de Gerland after conciliatory comments from Lyon owner Jean-Michel Aulas.

The development heaps more pressure on Kinnear, who was tasked with delivering the club’s summer signings when he was controversially appointed in June.

Kinnear is planning to watch one of this week’s round of international games.

Newcastle’s only signing so far is the loan acquisition of Loic Remy from QPR.

Pardew held talks with Kinnear on Tyneside last week, and he is being kept informed of progress by the 66-year-old, who reports directly to Newcastle owner Mike Ashley.

“It’s important that I know where he is on the transfer front, and I know what chances we have of securing one or two others,” Pardew told the Gazette.

“That contact is always going to be there now.

“I will speak to him throughout this very important week. He will do whatever he can to help me.”

United also have an interest in Aston Villa’s out-of-favour striker Darren Bent, but the club is yet to bid for the 29-year-old, and the chances of him joining the club look remote.

Bent’s fee - Villa want £6m - and his wages are a problem for United, who have looked to Europe for value in recent seasons under the astute guidence of chief scout Graham Carr.

Meanwhile, a Newcastle XI were due to play Liverpool on Merseyside today in a behind-closed-doors game.

Midfielder Yohan Cabaye and forward Yoan Gouffran will be involved.

The match is aimed at topping up the players’ fitness ahead of the season-opener against Manchester City on August 19.