Gomis seals Swans loan exit

Bafetimbi Gomis

Swansea City have allowed their French international striker Bafetimbi Gomis to join Marseille on a season-long loan.

Marseille finished 13th in the top-flight last season and are 66/1 to win the Ligue 1 title in 2016/17, while Paris St-Germain can be backed at 1/12.

Gomis scored 17 goals in 71 games for the Swans after moving to the Liberty Stadium from Lyon in 2014.

He scored four goals in the first four Premier League matches of last season but the 30-year-old’s form then dipped as the Swans flirted with relegation to the Championship.

Swansea are 4/1 to be relegated from the Premier League this term.

Kyle Bartley, Matt Grimes, Ryan Hedges, Liam Shephard, Josh Vickers and Oliver Davies have also been allowed to make temporary moves from south Wales by boss Francesco Guidolin in the last few weeks.

In addition, Portuguese striker Eder has moved to Lille on a permanent arrangement while Alberto Paloschi has joined Atalanta.

Swansea have signed defender Mike van der Hoorn, midfielder Leroy Fer and goalkeeper Mark Birighitti this summer, while chairman Huw Jenkins has said the club hopes to sign “two more strikers” before the end of August.

Meanwhile, Andre Ayew is looking forward to the start of the season and the opening-day trip to Burnley, a match Swansea are 9/5 to win.

The Ghana star said: “Every game in pre-season we try to win, but what really matters is to get a win when the league season starts. Our focus is 13th August.

“We are still preparing ourselves – we are still getting ready for the new season at this stage. We are not there yet, but we will keep working hard to get to 100 per cent. Physically, I can feel we are getting better.”