Tottenham and Newcastle will have to fight Inter Milan to sign Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis, whose contract at the France side is due to expire at the end of the season.
The 28-year-old forward has been linked with a move to the Premier League during the last year and it is understand that both Spurs and the Magpies will renew their attempts to secure his services in the summer, when he will be a free transfer.
Nevertheless, according to French site Le 10 Sport, both Premier League clubs may miss their target as Inter Milan are currently leading the race to secure his services.
The Italian giants are planning a huge overhaul in the summer and after signing Manchester United centre-back Nemanja Vidic their next target is a goalscorer.
Reports in Italy claimed recently that they are monitoring Arsenal's Lukas Podolski and Manchester Edin Dzeko while Le 10 Sport assured that they have already approached Gomis and the negotiations to complete a deal may be advanced – as he is free to negotiate a pre-contract agreement with other clubs.
According to the reports Tottenham approached Gomis during the latest transfer window to cover Jermain Defoe's departure. They ultimatey failed to secure any January additions but with Roberto Soldado struggling up-front it is expected that the Spurs will sign another forward this summer to compete with the Spaniard and back-up Emmanuel Adebayor.
Newcastle tried to sign Gomis last summer and reports claimed that Lyon's huge demands for the French international blocked the deal. Nevertheless with Loic Remy set to return to QPR after a season-long loan at at St James' Park, Alan Pardew will need another striker, and considering the number of French speakers that he has brought to the club lately the Lyon forward will be one of his first choices.
And despite the latest information about Gomis's possible move to Inter Milan, last January his agent Francesco Di Frisco revealed the player was likely to move to the Premier League.
"He is probably heading to the Premier League. We are in negotiations with several clubs. His €2.5m salary demands [£2m or £40,000-a-week] offer English clubs a big advantage."
Gomis has scored 10 Ligue 1 goals in 20 starting appearances for Lyons this season.