Bafetimbi Gomis
Bafetimbi Gomis is in talks to move to a Premier League club in January. [Reuters]

Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis is closing in on a move to the Premier League but it seems there are several teams vying for his signature in January.

Newcastle were heavily linked with the powerful French striker over the course of the summer and it seems likely that manager Alan Pardew will be interested in finally securing his services in the New Year.

While Loic Remy has been a sensation this season for Newcastle, he is only on loan at the club until the end of the season and Pardew may well be concerned that bigger clubs will attempt to lure him away from St. James' Park.

Gomis would certainly add more strength in attack and the presence of so many of his compatriots may well convince him that Newcastle is the right club.

However, Gomis' agent Francesco Di Frisco would not reveal which Premier League clubs he was in talks with, just that a move to Italy was definitely not an option for the 28-year-old.

"I've talked with Roma's sporting director Walter Sabatini and Lazio sporting director Igli Tare, and they have both told me that Bafetimbi is not among the names they are watching," Di Frisco told Tutto Mercato.

"He is rather 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 scored 16 league goals for Lyon last season and will be hoping to impress France manager Didier Deschamps so that he can make sure of a place in the squad for the World Cup in Brazil next summer.

Playing for a high profile Premier League side would certainly help his cause and it seems increasingly likely that he will be playing his club football in England next year.