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Classy Gomis thrills Monk

Swansea City manager Garry Monk is thrilled to have secured the signature of France international striker Bafetimbi Gomis.

The 28-year-old arrives on a free transfer after his contract with Lyon expired and will link up with the squad when they return for pre-season training at the end of next week.

Gomis is Monk's second major signing since taking the managerial reins with keeper Lukasz Fabianski switching from Arsenal on a free transfer last month.

"You are talking about a quality striker who has played international, Champions League and top flight football in France for a big club," Monk told the club's website.

"I'm very happy. It's a fantastic signing; a very big and important signing for the club. It shows just how far we have come that we can attract a player of his quality.

"He's a player that can excite the crowd, make and score goals. He's always done that wherever he's been - and that's what we want him to keep doing here. We want him to be an important cog in the squad and help us to continue building."

Gomis had been a target for the Swans last summer but after the proposed transfer stalled, they turned to Wilfried Bony. Despite Bony being linked with a summer move, the Welsh club have indicated Gomis has been signed to play alongside the Ivorian, rather than in place of him.

Having spent a few days with the Frenchman finalising the deal, Monk added: "I spoke in length to him. He came across as a very good guy; humble, hard-working and honest. He is determined to come here and do well.

"He asked a lot of questions about the squad and the strengths of the players. He wants to settle into the squad as quickly as possible and do well on the pitch. That is the type of player we want at this football club."

Gomis, who had also been a target of Newcastle United, scored 22 goals last season for Lyon and 62 in total over 172 appearances but was left out of France's World Cup squad by Didier Deschamps.