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World Cup reject chooses Newcastle United over West Ham

| 09.06.2014

Sam Allardyce’s hopes of bolstering West Ham’s attacking options with the signing of Bafetimbi Gomis appear to be all but over after reports emerged suggesting that the Frenchman is all set to sign for Newcastle United.

The French striker is set to sign on a free for the Magpies after agreeing terms with the Toon, who appear to be willing to meet the forward’s wage demands of £100,000 a week.

Gomis’ decision to swap Lyon for Newcastle comes after he was left out of Didier Deschamps’ France squad for the World Cup in Brazil, with the former Juventus and Monaco manager opting to take Loic Remy, who excelled on loan with the Tyneside club last term, as part of his 23-man group.

The 28-year-old enjoyed a solid final campaign with Lyon, scoring 14 goals in Ligue 1 this term in a return that had the likes of Galatasaray tracking the striker with a view to luring the forward to Turkey next season.

Gala are on the search for a striker following Didier Drogba’s decision to depart the 2000 UEFA Cup winners, with rumours continuing to circulate linking the Ivorian with a sensational return to Chelsea.

But one man who is definitely heading to the Premier League is Gomis who has opted to move to Newcastle rather than West Ham, as the Toon look to improve on last season’s ultimately comfortable mid-table finish.

The Hammers have already completed one deal for a new striker, with former Birmingham City and Lazio forward Mauro Zarate arriving at Upton Park.

Zarate’s return to the Premier League comes after the 27-year-old impressed upon his return to Argentina with Velez Sarsfield.

Manager Sam Allardyce will have some additional help in honing his strikers’ skills too with former Tottenham and Manchester United forward Teddy Sheringham recently hired as an attacking coach.

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Jack Beresford

Jack Beresford is a content writer with over five years of experience in writing about sport and betting, including a two-year spell with Axonn Media. Contributes articles to HereIsTheCity and Lad Bible, while previous credits include Bwin, FTB Pro, Bleacher Report and the QBE rugby. Avid follower of tennis, rugby union, motorsport and football, Jack also writes about poker for Cardspiel.com alongside Guardian journalist Dominic Wells.