Newcastle have offered Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis £85,000 a week – but the Frenchman is demanding a whopping £100,000 weekly salary.

Gomis, 28, will become a free agent next month and is being chased by a string of clubs across Europe.

Sunderland, Swansea and West Ham are also interested, but all three have balked over the bulging pay-packet he is after.

The Swans are particularly keen as their current star striker, Wilfried Bony, is attracting serious interest from bigger clubs after scoring 25 goals in his first season at the Liberty Stadium.

Newcastle are long-term admirers of Gomis, having failed to conclude deals with his club for him during the last two transfer windows.

His current demands will test the resolve of owner Mike Ashley and the insistence of manager Alan Pardew that the Magpies' squad will be sufficiently improved this summer to ensure there is no repeat of the club’s abysmal end to the 2013-14 season.

Ashley and Pardew know that on-loan Queens Park Rangers striker Loic Remy, also a France international, does not want to extend his stay at St James’ Park.

Remy is likely to be sold to a top-six club, with Everton leading the chase.