Newcastle receive transfer boost in race for France hitman

Swansea City striker Bafetimbi Gomis has put Newcastle on red alert by asking to leave the South Wales club this month, according to MirrorFootball.

The France striker has a £7million buyout clause in his contract and is eager for a move away from the Swans before the transfer window deadline on February 2.

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Newcastle were linked with Gomis in the summer before Swansea pounced for him, tying him down to a four-year deal.

But Gomis has grown increasingly frustrated with his lack of game time so far this season and has asked Garry Monk to let him go in search of first-team football, despite starting the Swans’ last two games and even scoring in their FA Cup third round win over Tranmere on Saturday.

But any move from Newcastle may depend on who they choose to replace Alan Pardew, who left St. James’ Park to take the vacant managerial post at Crystal Palace last week.

West Ham, Aston Villa and Crystal Palace are also reportedly interested in the striker.