Newcastle Running Out Of Options – €750K Striker Bid Rejected


We had reported last Saturday that Newcastle were interested in Bordeuax striker Yoan Gouffran, but there are reports in France today, that Newcastle’s cheeky bid for the striker has been rejected.

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Yoan Gouffran – measly €750K bid turned down – Bordeaux want €1M

Reports in France say that Newcastle’s bid of around €750K bid for the 26 year-old striker had been turned down flatly by Bordeaux – and there’s nothing like bidding big money to replace Demba Ba – is there?

But the bid tells us that Newcastle may not be able to get a decent striker over the line before the transfer window ends in 11 days time – and certainly the loss of Loic Remy to QPR is proving to be a big blow.

But the French reports say that Bordeaux want just €1M for their striker – about £820K – so just just how good a striker can this player be for that money – after we bid around €10M for Loic Remy?

What was that about Newcastle bring cheapskates?

So even if Yoan comes in he’s likely to be only a stop gap striker for the club, until the summer arrives when more top players should be available.

That’s what happens when you lose your top striker in early January, and then manage to get outbid for your top target a week later by a small club in London – and Newcastle may find it difficult to get somebody decent through the door before February rolls around – but why not go after Geordie boy Danny Graham?

Is he too expensive?

Gouffran joined Bordeaux from Caen in 2008 and has played 22 times for the French U21 side – and has some pace and skill either on the wing or as a striker.

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304 comments so far

  • Wayayman

    Jan 21, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #1

    NUFC in ‘too tight’ shocker. Same old, same old. Wasn’t this on twitter yesterday?

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  • Wayayman

    Jan 21, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #2

    The Butland deal (if true) is interesting as there’s no way Krul would stay if we went down, and Elliot is not good enough, Harps past it.

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  • ToonMauritius

    Jan 21, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #3

    hi lads
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvRDvMS_Zoo

    toonLYF ,
    is this player you are talking about

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  • ToonBano

    Jan 21, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #4

    What an absolute joke.

    How can you have a bid rejected for a player worth £800k? Its like they want it to be rejected so they can just say that they tried. Derek Llambias is an absolute joker.

    If we genuinely want this player, than offer £800k, keep it quiet, sign him up.

    It’s beyond a joke how our football club is ran.

    JOKERS!!!!!! Get out!!!!

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  • lesh

    Jan 21, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #5

    A cheeky bid indeed and we’ve got to face the fact that as we’ve dug ourselves into a hole by selling a striker without havingbought a replacement in advance of Ba’s departure! As a result, it’s a sellers’ maerket and we need to pay what the market dictates.

    Even a stop-gap at £1m is better than what we;ve got so the sooner that MA and DL realise that we aint got the time to be pi$$ing about the better

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  • Thump

    Jan 21, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #6

    Last page: “For that price I’d have him!”
    This page: “F SAKES ASHLEY SPEND SPEND SPEND!”

    Shy boys get nowt, lads.

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  • tiotely footy mad

    Jan 21, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #7

    Plain and simple, people are slating Gouffran about how good of a player is he for what hes worth, i see nothing wrong with the cheeky bid as it seems sensible to add someone who has europa league experience and would do a job until the summer, and how many of you have even seen him play, or is this another case of jump on the bandwagon when someone says someones shit, if the deal happens then so be it but if not, diame or sissoko is a must and danny graham or gary hooper (preferably) as celtic claim every player has a price and then assess the options in the summer

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  • toonLYF

    Jan 21, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #8

    ToonMauritius…

    yes mate, and how unbelievable is he in that video?

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 21, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #9

    He might not be the perfect replacement, but he is certainly an improvement. If we signed Danny Graham, it would be more than 5 times the price, plus he would also be a stop gap till the summer, and doesn’t offer the extra wing option.

    Scored 11 more goals than Remy this season….. I think the deal will be done here, let’s leave the pitchforks for now gents, and see what the next 11 days bring

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jan 21, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #10

    Ashley made his money by acquiring assets for bargain basement prices, then increasing their value. He’s obviously trying to do the same at Newcastle. At least with the Debuchy signing, he understands that football can’t always be that simple. Or perhaps he understands that the overall value of the club would be radically reduced if we get relegated.

    So much negativity though. We are not running out of options, just because a first offer was refused!

    Ashley will continue to get the best deal possible for Newcastle United, which will increase the money that we have to spend on other things. Simple!

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  • MrMojoRisin76

    Jan 21, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #11

    Gouffran’s contract expires in the summer,that’s why we put such a low bid in.

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  • Oleg G

    Jan 21, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #12

    I don’t get it. There are so many strikers. We need one. A fast one, skillful, creative.
    Put a 10-15M and buy one.

    It’s not a question of – do we really need?
    But – do we really want to go down?

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  • jammylambo

    Jan 21, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #13

    i think raising our bid by the £150k they wank is fair enough you have to take into consideration that yeah he can leave for free in the summer , but hes already scored 12 goals in 25 apearances for them this season.

    from bordeux perspective what is 700k in transfer fees compared to competition prize money for their final position in the league?

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  • Newcastle Brown Alien

    Jan 21, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #14

    to be fair, i hardly think this is being tight, you often offer lower than the valuation as if they accept, then great, you have a bargain, if not, then you can increase the bid

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 21, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #15

    He’s only cheap because he’s only got 6 months left on his contract, not neceserily because he’s cr@p. Already bargain basement price and lamb and mash still want a discount.

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  • naptoon

    Jan 21, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #16

    if we bought him id hope for another striker to be brought in the reason hes so cheap is 6mths left on contract. id see him as lovermans replacement from the summer nd id be even more pissed at the board if bas replacement didnt come … dunno got a funny feeling we still mite get pea … feck nos why tho … nd b4 anyone says i dont believe for 1 min man city or utd are interested no matter what the player says.

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  • Hatem

    Jan 21, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #17

    Rather hace Gouffran over Graham, the latter is the same as Cisse except he knows the offside rule.

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  • WesJameson

    Jan 21, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #18

    It is so sad to see what the hell has happened to this once vibrant and glorious football club!!

    I know people have always had a good chuckle at our expense, but this is utter bullshite FFS, i’m sorry but we sell Carol for 35 million, now we aren’t willing to spend 1 million on a player

    Like i said, in my 20 plus years supporting the Toon, i have never been so bleak for so long, that includes, what i would say, as possibly the luckiest 5th place finish of all time

    God, where is Ginola, Shearer, Speed, Nobby, Ketsbai, Beardsley, Clarke, Asprilla, Robert…

    Please FFS someone save us

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jan 21, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #19

    I do not want to go back to the dark old days of paying loads of money for a player who isn’t worth it, it just harms the club long-term, which is why we got in the smelly stuff with our finances.

    We shouldn’t be paying £10-15M for a 28 year old striker who scores a few goals and then goes for free or a fre million in a couple of years time. If the scouts and the rest are doing their job properly, we should be signing sensibly but well. Pretty much every signing in the last 3 years has gone up in value.

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  • Jakenufc

    Jan 21, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #20

    Ed makes it sound as if newcastle have given up with this one. €1mil is an absolute bargain for this player seing as hes already scored 10 this season. They will just up the fee a little more. This guys a winner.

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  • MrMojoRisin76

    Jan 21, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #21

    I think it’s a pretty shrewd move,he could still sign a new contract with Bordeaux,offer 1m,at least they’ll get some money back for him rather than going for nothing in the summer,if he fancies the move we get him now for 1mil.

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  • ToonMauritius

    Jan 21, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #22

    toonLYF

    surely very talented, is he from UAE and where does he play?
    If he plays in his native land, he will be surely on a high salary, better than here

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  • toonLYF

    Jan 21, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #23

    On M’biwa…

    He would be the signing of the window. He is absolutely immense, along with Raphael Varane i’d say he is one of the best centre back prospects in Europe.

    He is so good technically, you could see him being a terrific midfielder aswell; but his incredible maturity and knowledge of the game gives him a rare edge over other young centre backs. Special player i reckon.

    As said before, £6m or so for him is an absolute steal!

    …haven’t been this excited at the prospect of potentially signing a player for a long time. (although i’ll try my best to stay grounded until he’s got his hands on the black and white top!)

    I followed the Montpellier story as they went from finishing 14th one season, to being crowned champions the next, and he was the most important character in the team. He drives out from the back like no other centre back i have ever seen and turns into a flair player almost, it’s insane! Changes games with his forward thinking and determination, a fabulous leader, and would be Coloccini’s replacement as captain once he’s settled (although Cabaye would also be good).

    Please don’t f*** this up NUFC!

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  • ~Anita One Bites the Dust~

    Jan 21, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #24

    1mill and they can have Ranger.

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  • magpie6699

    Jan 21, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #25

    More bothered about a CB. Is Magpie Django-Monty good? Some sites saying he’ll sign today, others that Arsenal are trying to hijack it. Any ideas?

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  • magpie6699

    Jan 21, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #26

    toonLYF – you’ve answered the first question, I think – is he any good?

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  • JAMSHA

    Jan 21, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #27

    JUST BID 1MIL.U FKN M.A……THATS THE BEST DEAL U COULD GET FOR A GOOD PLAYER

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  • geordie157

    Jan 21, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #28

    1 mill, get it done. He’s decent and gives us a better option than Sammy off the bench.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jan 21, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #29

    WesJameson – football has changed mate! Money talks now, and the top clubs have excellent players sitting on the bench. Some of the players you mention would probably be getting paid £100k+ per week for Man City these days…

    It was the spending after that era that has put us in trouble. Marcelino, Boumsong, Andersson, Maric, Smith, Viana…just a short list of players that cost a lot more in transfer fees/wages than they actually deserved based on their performances.

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  • naptoon

    Jan 21, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #30

    i would see this lad as lovermans replacement from the summer not bas … rather i would be pissed if its bas but hes better than what weve got. still got a funny feeling we mite get pea … feck nos why tho … b4 anyone says i dont believe for 1 min man city or utd are interested no matter what the player says

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  • toonLYF

    Jan 21, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #31

    ToonMauritius…

    he’s born in Saudi Arabia, but has UAE citizenship, and has had from a fairly young age after being picked up for his skills.

    He plays for Al-Ain in the UAE pro-league, so you’re right, his wages will be good. However, you’d like to think a player of that class will soon want to test his undoubted skill against players of a similar calibre. Many teams in Europe will be to match his wages, and offer him CL football, so i’ll certainly be keeping a close eye on his status as saying he’s one to watch, is probably the biggest understatement i’ll ever make.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 21, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #32

    Anita – They said if we include Ranger the deal is £3million

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Jan 21, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #33

    Could be worth signing Gouffran and Gameiro on loan and then go for Benteke in the summer if Villa get relegated. It could be similar to a Ba scenario.

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  • gonufc (up and Hatem)

    Jan 21, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #34

    Kets – this is presuming we’re not relegated with them right?
    Just making sure…

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  • naptoon

    Jan 21, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #35

    see this lad as lovermans replacement from the summer not bas … rather id be well pi55ed if it was. still got a funny feeling we mite get pea … fek knows why tho … nd b4 anyone says i dont believe for 1 min man city or utd are interested no matter what the player says

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 21, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #36

    … Would that mean benteke would eff off to chelski after a season and a half!?

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  • toonLYF

    Jan 21, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #37

    magpie6699…

    he’s quality, through and through. A true professional, and an honest player. He’s got it all, literally.

    Never been so sure that a player will become world class, than i am with him. (a word which i think he thrown around too freely nowadays) than i am with him.

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  • geordiesteve520

    Jan 21, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #38

    I have a feeling we may already have agreed personal terms and that this player is arriving in July and the club are offering a ‘nominal’ fee to bring him now. Don’t shout at me for being optimistic.

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  • q8igeordie

    Jan 21, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #39

    Toonlyf .. ive seen him play alot as they were just crowned gcc champions … best player by some distance .. deserves to be playing abroad… although I hate to say it .. they thrashed us in the semifinals

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  • Wayayman

    Jan 21, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #40

    We need Gourcuff, not Gouffran. Wishful thinking…

    So, I’ve on a positive tip now. The negativity from last weeks debacle has got to stop cos it ruined my week and the game on Sat ruined my weekend. So, i’ll be delighted IF we can sign M’biwa today. Stunned if we get Sissokho and in St Nick’s mental hospital with delirium if we got a proven striker in too. Not Bent though, he’d send me to St Nicks for the wrong reasons.

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