There are reports in France that Newcastle and Bordeaux have agreed a fee for 26 year-old striker Yoan Gouffran – and the Frenchman is now on his way to Newcastle to have a medical.
Yoan Gouffran – travelling to Newcastle for medical
Newcastle were close to agreeing a fee yesterday, but the initial bid of €750K for the Frenchman was turned down – but as we reported earlier today Newcastle have gone back in with an improved offer – and that has been accepted by Bordeaux.
Here is the translation of an RMCSport report about the deal:
“Newcastle has found common ground with Yoan Gouffran, the Bordeaux striker, on the basis of a contract of 5 years. According to a source close to the English training, an agreement was also found between the Girondins and the Magpies for a transfer of 1. 5M. The 26-year-old is expected in the next few hours across the Channel. Except ultimate rebound, Gouffran sign his contract in stride.”
We assume the fee is around €1.5M – which is about £1.2M – and it seems that Newcastle didn’t quibble too much – as we need a player of Gouffran’s speed in the squad.
This is more good news today, and the odds that we can also sign 20 year-old star left back Massadio Haidara from Nancy, 23 year-old French International defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa from Montpelier and even 22 year-old Moussa Sissoko from Toulouse now look very promising.
Massadio is a done deal and the lad is traveling to Newcastle for a medical – and there are reports coming through that Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa is very close to also signing for Newcastle, and we have to hope he has finally arrived on Tyneside.
But there are various reports that Arsenal have not entered the chase for the French International.
This is a statement from the Montpelier club
“On Tuesday, he joined Newcastle, currently 16th in the Premier League, subject to the traditional medical.” “Formed by the club where he arrived at the age of 13, Yanga-Mbiwa has gradually become one of the symbols of the training of Montpelier.”
“He played for the first time by Jean-François Domergue in 2006 when he was only 17 years old, he played his first match in Ligue 2 some weeks later.” “Mapouu Yanga-Mbiwa will leave a great void. “He became one of the spearheads but also one of the jewels in the Montpellier team.”
“The whole club wishes him good luck for the rest of his career.”
Of course we have also found out this month that no deal is complete until the player signs along the dotted line, and they are announced as Newcastle players by the club.
Howay The Lads!!
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