Last Updated: Mon, 29 Jul 2013 10:57
Newcastle are reported to have pulled out of the race to sign striker Bafetimbi Gomis after Lyon rejected their offer for the player.
Toon boss Alan Pardew is still waiting to seal his first signing of the summer and was hoping that new director of football Joe Kinnear would make a breakthrough by landing Gomis.
An offer thought to be in the region of £7million was made for Gomis but the French club rejected it and are said to be holding out for almost double that amount.
Newcastle are unwilling to go that high for a player who has just 12 months remaining on his current contract and will be available on a free transfer this time next year.
The Magpies have left the offer on the table and are now exploring other options which are known to include Aston Villa striker Darren Bent and QPR's Loic Remy.
Newcastle are the only side in the Premier League who have not managed to add to their ranks so far this summer and Pardew is already becoming frustrated with the new transfer set-up.
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