Newcastle United will wait on Gomis

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NEWCASTLE United are ready to play a waiting game over striking target Bafetimbi Gomis.

Olympique Lyonnais have rejected the club’s latest offer – believed to be £7m – for the 27-year-old.

Lyon are holding out for an offer closer to £9m.

The club’s hardline stance has reportedly infuriated Gomis (left) and his representatives, as he has just one year left on his contract at the Ligue 1 club.

With his relationship with Lyon owner Jean-Michel Aulas having broken down, the France international’s departure this summer seems inevitable.

While Newcastle seem unwilling to increase their bid, their interest in Gomis is not dead, and the two clubs could yet come to an agreement.

With the new season less than three weeks away, the pressure is on controversial director of football Joe Kinnear to deliver Newcastle’s first summer signing.

Manager Alan Pardew, speaking after Sunday’s 1-0 win over Blackpool, said Kinnear was doing “everything he could” to sign a striker.

Maybe tellingly, he didn’t offer any timescale of when he expected an arrival.

Previously, Pardew had sounded more hopeful of an imminent breakthrough.

Aston Villa striker Darren Bent is another target, while a loan deal has been mooted for Queens Park Rangers’s forward Loic Remy, who turned down a move to St James’s Park in January. Remy has a £6.8m release clause in his Loftus Road contract.

In the meantime, Pardew’s preparations for the new season continue, with his team taking on St Mirren tonight.

The fixture at St Mirren Park is the club’s fifth pre-season friendly.

Winger Gabriel Obertan is ruled out, but Vurnon Anita will return to action north of the border.

Midfielder Anita has missed the club’s last three friendlies.

Obertan sat out Sunday’s 1-0 win over Blackpool with a knock.

And the winger won’t be involved against the Scottish Premier League side, according to Pardew, who will finally have striker Papiss Cisse available.

“Anita will be involved,” Pardew said. “But Obertan has got a slight knock, so he’d be the one player you probably won’t see this week.

“I think he’s got a week of recovery, really.”

Meanwhile, striker Shola Ameobi – who scored Newcastle’s goal at Blackpool – is doubtful with the dead leg he suffered at Bloomfield Road.

Ameobi’s pre-season goal tally stands at four, and Pardew is pleased with his form so far this pre-season.

“You can see Shola looks fitter and stronger,” he said. “That’s good news for us.”