Bafetimbi Gomis to exit Lyon

Bafetimbi Gomis has been linked with Fulham and Swansea. Photo: PA

Striker Bafetimbi Gomis appears set to leave Lyon after being left behind when the squad departed for their pre-season training camp at Tignes.

The 27-year-old is entering the final year of his contract with OL and club president Jean-Michel Aulas revealed last week that Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donetsk have made an offer for him. The English Premier League's Welsh-based pair, Swansea and Cardiff, have previously been linked with the France international.

And while the majority of Remi Garde's squad left for Tignes, Gomis stayed behind at the Tola Vologe training complex to meet with club officials and train with Jean-Yves Ogier, head of the club's centre of excellence, and reserve-team players Harri Novillo and Sidi Kone.

A statement on Lyon's official website confirmed: "President Jean-Michel Aulas met this morning with Bafetimbi Gomis and his agent, in the presence of (Aulas' advisor) Bernard Lacombe and (legal advisor) Vincent Ponsot, to discuss the player's contractual situation and the transfer offers for him.

"Taking into account the position of the player, who has not closed the door on discussing a transfer, the club asked him to stay at Tola Vologe to begin his preparations with Jean-Yves Ogier and also be more readily available for all negotiations.

"The other players who played international matches at the start of June - Milan Bisevac, Jordan Ferri, Yoann Gourcuff, Clement Grenier, Rachid Ghezzal, Alexandre Lacazette and Yassine Benzia - returned to the squad in Tignes this morning. Bafetimbi Gomis, Harri Novillo and Sidi Kone are training at Tola Vologe."

Lyon yesterday blamed the enforced sale of teenage striker Anthony Martial to Monaco on Gomis' failure to agree a move away from the club. Martial, 17, departed for five million euros due to Lyon's need to balance the booked in time for their end-of-year results on the Paris Stock Exchange.