This week brought more excruciating rumours of Newcastle being linked with Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis – for the third transfer window running.

The Magpies have been interested in the part-time France international for a number of years now but have never seriously been close to signing him, mostly because of his extortionate wage demands and signing on fees.

The saga is now at the point where fans are sick of Gomis being linked with a move to Tyneside and surely it’s time to start looking at other targets.

Gomis is available on a free transfer this summer as his contract at Lyon expires at the end of June but that just makes the wage demands and personal terms even harder to agree upon.

Remember when Newcastle signed Demba Ba on a free? It ended up costing the Geordies close to £2m in agent and signing on fees and it would be a similar story if Gomis signed. Ba’s transfer worked out in the end as he scored the goals to justify his demands but there is no guarantee Gomis would do the same.

Ba’s record at West Ham was enough to prove that he could score goals in the Premier League. The Senegal man hit six goals in 12 games while at the Hammers before leaving when they were relegated. Gomis has a scoring record of just under one goal every three games in France – a league without the quality and tempo of the Premier League, so there is no such guarantee.

Alan Pardew is a fan of Gomis’ powerful presence and eye for goal but at 28 years old, there is no real sell-on value and his demands of £100,000-a-week wages are stupendous.

It’s time to move on and look at other targets.

The teams that were relegated from the Premier League last season have a couple of potential transfer targets that would be cheaper and wiser than a move for Gomis.

Norwich City striker Gary Hooper could be brought in for under £5m and scored six times for the Canaries last season. He’s not the big name first choice striker that is needed at the club but Newcastle need at least three strikers this summer and Hooper could be a fine backup to a more prolific forward.

And that prolific forward could be Fulham striker Kostas Mitroglou. The Greek front man made one of the worst transfers in history when he swapped Champions League side Olympiakos for struggling Fulham and was promptly relegated. Mitroglou was injured for most of his time at Craven Cottage and is unlikely to fancy a season in the Championship, meaning he could be available for a second move in six months.

Mitroglou is the type of striker Newcastle are in the market for. Big, strong, good in the air and technically sound on the floor, the 26-year-old managed just under a goal every other game for multiple Greek champions Olympiakos. His three appearances for Fulham are no indication of how good he is, so it’s worth an enquiry to see if he fancies a switch. A loan deal similar to the one that brought Loic Remy to Newcastle last season may also be on, so Fulham can have their record signing back if they manage to bounce back to the Premier League at the first time of asking next season.

Whoever Newcastle sign this summer, let’s just hope it’s not Gomis.

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  1. WallsendStu

    I get sick to death of hearing us linked with the same players window after window. If these players really wanted to join us they would make it known as others have in the past. Or does the cynic in me believe that some at the club are happy for these names to keep getting mentioned as it may look like they are actually trying?

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