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Pardew confirms Gomis interest

ESPN staff
July 20, 2013
Bafetimbi Gomis has attracted interest from numerous Premier League clubs © Getty Images

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has expressed an interest in signing Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis as he looks to fortify the club's attacking options.

The 51-year-old recently revealed plans to sign a new forward in order to "take the game to other teams" and said the club is searching "worldwide" for extra firepower.

The specualtion carries added spice following Papiss Cisse's fallout with the Magpies over his refusal to wear a shirt sponsored by loan company Wonga - Cisse has not travelled with his team-mates for the club's pre-season tour of Portugal.

French international Gomis is the latest name to be linked with a move to St James' Park and Pardew is hoping to beat other Premier League competition in bringing the former Saint-Etienne man across the Channel.

"We have expressed an interest in Gomis," Pardew told The Times. "We think that he's a player who has great potential. He's a French international who's played at the highest level for his club."

The 27-year-old has attratcted interest from numerous Premier League clubs, with Aston Villa and Swansea reported to be keeping a close eye on his situation.

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