Newcastle withdraw Gomis offer
Mon, 29 Jul 2013 11:40:00
Austria Vienna striker Philipp Hosiner has calmed speculation linking him with a move to Everton this summer.
Hosiner, who scored an impressive 32 goals in 34 games for the club last season, has two years remaining on his current deal.
The Austrian club are understood to be holding out for a fee in the region of Â£4.5m for the 24-year-old.
But Hosiner inists his priority is helping his side try and qualify for the UEFA Champions League as they prepare to face Icelandic opponents Hafnarfjordu in the third qualifying round of the competition.
"At this point in time I would like to have my peace," he told Austrian-based newspaper Osterreich.
"We have an important play-off match coming up and then after that I will listen to all enquiries with my agent.
"After that, we will see if it's worth me leaving such a great club like Austria Vienna."
The 33-year old is available on a free transfer following the expiry of his contract at the Britannia Stadium earlier this summer, and is training with the Scottish giants, Sky Sports understands.
Sidibe's final years as a Stoke player were plagued by injury, although he spent the majority of last season out on loan at Sheffield Wednesday and Tranmere Rovers.
The Mali international, who joined from Gillingham in 2005, spent eight years as a Stoke player, scoring 26 goals in the process.
Rangers have had a number of players on trial already this summer, notably former Sheffield United and Motherwell midfielder Nicky Law, as manager Ally McCoist prepares for the forthcoming season following his side's promotion from the Third Division.
The Magpies were understood to have increased their offer for 27-year-old Gomis to Â£6.9million last week.
However, the Ligue 1 side have been reportedly holding out for a bigger offer for the France international.
Alan Pardew has been eager to increase his attacking options and set his sights on Gomis, who scored 18 goals for Lyon last season.
It is now likely he will turn his attention to bringing in QPR forward Loic Remy, who has been linked with a season-long loan deal.
Shola Ameobi and Papiss Cisse are the club's only recognised strikers and Pardew has been working with chief scout Graham Carr and the club's director of football Joe Kinnear in trying to recruit new talent.