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Jul 2, 2013

Transfer target Gomis exiled by Lyon

Bafetimbi Gomis has been told he cannot join Lyon's first-team squad at their Alpine pre-season training camp so the French international striker is on-hand to discuss a move away from the club.

Bafetimbi Gomis
Bafetimbi Gomis has scored 50 goals in 142 games for Lyon

Gomis, 27, and his agent met OL president Jean-Michel Aulas and other club representatives on Monday to discuss his future. With just a year left on Gomis' contract and OL's accounts in need of revenue, Aulas has made clear on several occasions his determination to part ways this summer with a player the seven-time Ligue 1 champions purchased for €15 million in 2009.

Though Gomis has reportedly already rejected a move to Swansea City, and has given little encouragement to other suitors, such as Swansea's Welsh neighbours, Cardiff City, Fenerbahce, Shakhtar Donetsk and Fiorentina, he was told he should remain in Lyon rather than join his team-mates in the mountain resort of Tignes in case an acceptable suitor should arrive.

"Given the position of the player, who has not closed the door on discussing a transfer, the club has asked him to stay at [OL's training centre] Tola Vologe to start his pre-season training with [youth academy pedagogical director] Jean-Yves Ogier in order to be more easily available for negotiations," a club statement read.

Having initially declared his firm intention of continuing at OL next season, Gomis, who scored a career-best-equalling 16 league goals last term as Lyon clinched third place, stated last weekend he was all but resigned to having to leave the Stade de Gerland.

"OL don't want to keep me, but I'm going to find a new club, a new home, like I did when I left St-Etienne," he told Sky Sports.

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