Newcastle are trying to sign Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis before Monday’s deadline, according to reports.
L’Equipe have reported on Saturday that Newcastle have offered Gomis a two-and-a-half-year deal at St James’ Park – the same length he has left on his current Swansea deal.
The 30-year-old striker, who has scored six goals in 23 games for the Swans this season, is believed to be mulling over the deal after the club’s agreed a £7million fee.
New Swansea boss Francesco Guidolin is understood to have sanctioned the departure of Gomis, who scored in the first four games of the season.
His form has tailed off considerably since then though and the Frenchman has reportedly been close to leaving Swansea twice this month.
Gomis is just one of a handful of striker targets identified by Newcastle, but Steve McClaren appears to have plumped for Gomis, who is believed to be wanting a three-and-a-half-year contract.
That may well be the stumbling block with the Magpies unwilling to offer such length of contract to a player of Gomis’ age.