According to reports, West Ham United have failed with a deadline day offer of £7million for Swansea City striker Bafetimbi Gomis.
The 29-year-old, who has 12 full international caps for France, joined the Liberty Stadium club in the summer when his contract at Lyon had expired. This was considered as something of a coup for Garry Monk’s side, as the forward has in the past been linked with the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool, but he has thus far struggled to show his best form in the Premier League.
Gomis has scored just one goal and assisted once in 19 league appearances, although only seven of these have come from a starting berth as Wilfried Bony has been preferred as the main striker for the Swans. But with the Ivorian joining Manchester City for £28million earlier this month, the former Saint Etienne youngster can expect to be given a more leading role from now on.
However, it is understood that Gomis is open to the idea of leaving the Welsh club before the window closes on Monday evening, although he was hardly enthusiastic of doing so for Crystal Palace, who registered their interest last week. But the Daily Mail claim he would be keen on a switch to the Hammers, and Sky Sports believe an offer of £7million has been made on deadline day.
But with Bony now plying his trade at the Etihad Stadium and Marvin Emnes suffering an injury in the impressive win at Southampton on Sunday afternoon, Monk is understandably reluctant to let Gomis go as this would leave him short of attacking options. Indeed, the Swansea boss has already insisted that his summer recruit will at least see the campaign out at his current club.
“He is a good player and I can’t afford to lose any more good players,” he said last month. “Every player in the world has a possibility of moving but it doesn’t mean that possibility has to come to a reality. Bafetimbi is far too important to us. He has got a great chance now to make a name for himself in the Premier League. Then, if he had ambitions at that point, we could discuss them.”