Swansea City

Bafetimbi Gomis to Swansea: Latest Transfer Details, Analysis and More

Lyon's Bafe Gomis reacts during their French League One soccer match against Ajaccio at Gerland stadium, in Lyon, central France, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)
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Gianni VerschuerenFeatured ColumnistJune 27, 2014

Swansea City announced the arrival of French striker Bafetimbi Gomis on Friday, as the 28-year-old signed a four-year contract with the Premier League club. Gomis will join the Welsh club on a free transfer.

Swansea's official Twitter account broke the news:

The club also released a statement on their official website:

Swansea City is pleased to announce the signing of French international striker Bafetimbi Gomis, subject to international clearance. 
The 28-year-old has signed a four-year contract with the Swans on a free transfer from French club Lyon. 
The signing gives manager Garry Monk's squad a huge boost ahead of the new Barclays Premier League campaign. 
Gomis, who will join the forward ranks alongside Wilfried Bony, completed a medical and agreed personal terms at the Liberty Stadium tonight. 

Gomis enjoyed a productive career in Ligue 1 with Saint Etienne and Lyon, and while the latter side were keen on retaining his services, strong interest in the transfer market led to the player deciding it was time to move abroad.

Swansea already have a productive striker in Wilfried Bony, but the Shields Gazette's Ross Gregory reports the Ivory Coast international could be on his way to bigger and better things.

The signing of Gomis could indicate the club is aware they might be losing Bony in the near future, and as far as insurance policies go, the French international is a solid option.

Goal.com's Robin Bairner loved the signing:

The striker combines strong physical abilities with a keen eye for goal. He is an expert at holding up play and creating space for his teammates making runs into the box.

According to WhoScored.com, Gomis has scored at least 14 Ligue 1 goals in each of the past three seasons, which is evidence of his consistency in front of goal.

His scoring didn't let up in the UEFA Champions League, indicating he should have little trouble in making the step up in competition to the Premier League.

Swansea fans won't be happy to hear Bony's exit from the club could soon become a reality, particularly given the fact that the forward has only been with the club since last year.

In Gomis, however, the Swans have found an adequate replacement who will be able to contribute immediately. Seeing as the striker arrived on a free transfer, the club should be able to turn a potential sale of Bony into a sizable profit.

 

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