French giants expect Newcastle and West Ham bids

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has confessed that his side are likely to face a fight to keep Bafetimbi Gomis this January.

The French forward is believed to be on the radars of both Newcastle and West Ham, with the Premier League duo keen to add the physically imposing 28-year-old to their ranks.

The Magpies came close to securing a deal for Gomis over the summer, but saw the move collapse as the deadline approached, while Hammers chief Sam Allardyce is thought to view the player as an ideal solution to his attacking woes.

The powerful hitman has been impressive during Lyon’s stuttering start to the Ligue 1 season, chipping in with four goals in 10 appearances.

His good return has promoted speculation that winter offers may be received, and Aulas says that they would not be surprised if that proves to be the case.

“It’s not impossible that there will be several offers for Gomis. We will see,” Aulas told Sky Sports.

Aulas went on to hint that a deal could be reached, with the club currently short on funds for their own transfer pursuits.

“We don’t have any means for winter reinforcements. Maybe there will be some modifications but not big ones,” he added.


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