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Monk: Gomis going nowhere

Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis will not be leaving in the January transfer window despite his lack of first-team action, says his manager Garry Monk.

Gomis has started just two Barclays Premier League games since leaving Lyon on a free transfer last summer with a big reputation, scoring only once in the top-flight - the winner in a memorable 2-1 victory over Arsenal last month.

The 12-times capped France forward signed a four-year deal at Swansea in June but he has had to play second fiddle to Wilfried Bony, the Premier League's top scorer in 2014.

Crystal Palace and Newcastle have been linked with a January move for Gomis but Monk insists the 29-year-old is not for sale and will get his chance over the busy Christmas period and in the new year when Ivory Coast striker Bony is away at the Africa Cup of Nations.

"I have heard the speculation about Bafe but I want him here," Monk said.

"He has been fine, trained well, got on with his job and it is not in my plans to move him on.

"He's been fantastic with me, I speak a lot to him about it and he waits for his time.

"He tries to contribute and in January he'll have a chance with Bony going to the Africa Cup of Nations and maybe in this period coming up with the number of games we have when we have to think about freshness.

"He will have his chance and that's what he's been waiting for. "

Gomis showed the finishing ability which brought him 62 goals in 172 Lyon appearances in his first Swansea start, scoring the winner in the Capital One Cup tie against Rotherham in August.

But he hasn't started a Premier League game since the goalless draw away to Sunderland at the end of September and Bony has scored seven goals in 10 games in that time.

"It's been difficult for him because he's not a young kid," Monk said.

"He's established and played and scored a lot every season with a good pedigree.

"And player like that doesn't want to spend time on the bench, They want to play and I understand that.

"I'd loved to have played him more than I have but Bony's been in such good form and players understand that.

"That quality of player will always be linked and other teams will see they haven't played as much as I or Bafe would have liked,

"They will look at him as a possible target but that shows what a good player he is."

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