Swansea City sign Gomis on free transfer

The France international becomes Garry Monk's second summer capture as he puts pen to paper on a four-year deal after failing to agree a new contract with Ligue 1's Lyon
Swansea City have signed striker Bafetimbi Gomis on a free transfer, the club have announced.

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France international Gomis, who has previously been linked with a raft of Premier League sides, including Newcastle and Sunderland, has agreed a four-year deal with the Welsh outfit after leaving Lyon.

The 28-year-old scored 56 goals in 120 Ligue 1 starts for his former side and becomes Garry Monk's second signing ahead of the 2014-15 season following goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski, who joined from Arsenal.

Gomis's last two seasons have seen him surpass 20 league goals on both occasions, with his form leading to 12 international caps.

He missed out on a place in Didier Deschamps's World Cup squad and instead travelled to Wales to complete a medical on Friday.

Speaking to the club's official website, Gomis revealed that he chose Swansea as they made a real effort to persuade him to agree a deal.

"I’ve been really impressed speaking with the manager and the chairman over the last few days. They showed they really wanted me - and that’s one of the main reasons I chose Swansea ahead of the other interested clubs," he said.

"They’ve been trying for over a year to sign me. It didn’t quite happen back then, but they kept trying and I’m absolutely delighted to be here now.

"Although I’ve been aware of Swansea for a number of seasons, I’ve been following them a lot closer since the interest first materialised last year.

"It’s a proud club with strong philosophies. It is growing all the time and I’m honoured to be given the opportunity to be part of it.

"I watched a number of games last season and I think the style will suit me. It’s a collective, passing approach which I like.

"I think the way the team play creates lots of chances for the striker and hopefully I can score plenty of goals."

Gomis will battle with 2013-14 top goalscorer Wilfried Bony for a place in the starting line-up, while Michu also remains at the Liberty Stadium despite reports of interest from around Europe.

But Gomis revealed he does not see Bony as competition and more as a player he can work alongside.

"I do not see Wilfried Bony as competition, more of an association, because I know we can also play perfectly together.

"We can benefit each other and that will be strong for the team."