Wednesday 26 November 2014

Swans swoop for Gomis

Published 27/06/2014 | 20:52

Bafetimbi Gomis will join Swansea from Lyon on a free transfer
Bafetimbi Gomis will join Swansea from Lyon on a free transfer

Swansea have completed the signing of France striker Bafetimbi Gomis, subject to international clearance.

The 28-year-old arrives on a free transfer after his contract with Lyon expired.

Gomis had been in Swansea for a medical earlier this week, with the club announcing a four-year contract on Friday evening.

"Swansea City is pleased to announce the signing of French international striker Bafetimbi Gomis, subject to international clearance," said a statement on the club's website.

"The 28-year-old has signed a four-year contract with the Swans on a free transfer from French club Lyon."

Gomis was a target for the Swans last summer but they could not get the deal across the line and turned instead to Wilfried Bony, who proved an instant hit to the extent he has been linked with a move away from the Liberty Stadium.

However, Swansea have indicated that Gomis has been signed to play alongside the Ivorian, rather than in place of him.

Gomis, a 13million euro signing for Lyon in 2009, scored 22 goals last season but did not earn a World Cup call from national team coach Didier Deschamps, leaving him on 12 caps.

In total, he managed 62 goals in 172 appearances for Lyon but declined the club's proposed new contract as he received numerous offers, including from the Premier League.

Gomis had been a long-term target too for Swansea's Barclays Premier League rivals Newcastle, but talks between the Magpies and the player's representatives failed to broker a deal.

"I've been really impressed speaking with the manager and the chairman over the last few days,'' Gomis told the club's website. "They showed they really wanted me - and that's one of the main reasons I chose Swansea ahead of the other interested clubs.

"They've been trying for over a year to sign me. It didn't quite happen back then, but they kept trying and I'm absolutely delighted to be here now."

Swansea's interest in Gomis pre-dates Garry Monk's appointment first as caretaker-manager and then as the boss on a permanent basis.

However, Gomis said he had been tracking the club himself and was impressed with what he had seen.

"Although I've been aware of Swansea for a number of seasons, I've been following them a lot closer since the interest first materialised last year," he said.

"It's a proud club with strong philosophies. It is growing all the time and I'm honoured to be given the opportunity to be part of it.

"I watched a number of games last season and I think the style will suit me. It's a collective, passing approach which I like.

"I think the way the team play creates lots of chances for the striker and hopefully I can score plenty of goals.''

The Frenchman added that he was looking forward to forming a partnership with Bony.

"I do not see Wilfried Bony as competition, more of an association, because I know we can also play perfectly together,'' he said "We can benefit each other and that will be strong for the team.''

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