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Garde desperate to find Gomis solution

Created on Aug. 16, 2013 2:16 PM EST

Newcastle target Bafetimbi Gomis looks to be on his way out of Ligue 1 side Lyon after coach Remi Garde hinted a resolution was close.

Gomis has been pushing for an exit from the French club, with Alan Pardew's side keen on luring the striker to St James' Park.

The messy situation saw Garde send Gomis to train with the club's reserve side, but the coach insists their relationship is still strong.

"I have no personal issues with Bafe (Gomis)," Garde said ahead of the club's clash with Sochaux on Friday.

"I think he is a player who had played a lot since I took over the team.

"He scored 47 goals with me in two seasons. Thanks to the team, his team-mates, the staff.

"I think that both of us did things right because he performed well, and he finds an environment on and off the pitch which enables him to score.

"I expect an ending because we need to find a solution for the three interested parties."

Garde's primary focus is to ensure his side continue their strong start to the season, following their opening round 4-0 win over Nice.

Asked about the challenge Sochaux will pose his side, Garde said: "They're a team who like to play. It's a team who don't think too much about the opponents.

"They have a philosophy, principles and their own football culture. No matter who they play, they keep the same philosophy.

"Last season, they put a few teams in trouble. I remember precisely the game against PSG.

"It's going to be a difficult. We will have to show we are solid, find a good balance and try to create difficulties for them.

"I don't have the feeling that the squad is in euphoria. They want to do well, to prove their quality."