We seek to clarify the transfer situations of 3 of the best French strikers currently face, to separate the truth from the tabloid talk.
Newcastle are currently working on finding a suitable fee which impresses Lyon enough to be in a position to hold more meaningful talks with the player. Contract discussions and fee discussions are currently ongoing.
The player’s personal preference is a move to Marseille, but this will only be possible to occur if Andre Pierre Gignac leaves the club.
Gomis was also linked to Tottenham by L’Equipe yesterday and we can confirm he interests the North London side, but is not their primary target.
Andre Pierre Gignac:
After Newcastle made a €12m bid for the Marseille striker at the end of last week, the management at the club are currently making a decision as to whether or not they should keep the player.
The arguments are these: Either, Marseille keep Gignac, mainly because they find him valuable enough to do so but also because they do not believe they will find an adequate replacement. Or, they decide to let him go, especially because of his high wages and his disappointing impact in the past two seasons.
No decision has yet been reached either way. Andre Pierre Gignac’s agent Jean-Christophe Cano is refusing to deal with any potential suitors because he is adamant that his client has no intention of leaving the club.
There were also reports that Willie McKay, Joey Barton’s agent was instructed by Marseille to offer Gignac up to Premier League clubs but this has emerged as pure speculation.
This situation could move very quickly if Marseille make the decision to sell the player. Whatever happens, a bid is on table from Newcastle.
Football News yesterday confirmed that Newcastle had made an enquiry regarding the availability of QPR striker Loic Remy, who has free reign to leave the club this summer.
The player has also this morning been linked with West Ham United by British tabloids but we have no confirmation of this.
Talks have however begun between QPR and Newcastle, but these should be described as preliminary.