Newcastle Almost Didn’t Get Gouffran Last Month

It turns out that luck was on Newcastle’s side last month for a change – when we went after Bordeaux forward Yoan Gouffran.

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Yoan Gouffran scoring first goal at Tottenham last weekend

According to Bordeaux President Jean-Louis Triaud the French club were not prepared to sell Yoan in January, unless they got a replacement in – but they did eventually get in a replacement in 19 year-old Uruguayan Diego Rolan – and it also seems the fee Newcastle were willing to pay for the French U21 International was enough to allow Bordeaux to sell.

This is what Bordeaux President Jean-Louis Triaud said to RMC Radio:

“We hesitated on Gouffran, between keeping him until the end of his contract or selling him to get a financial return for the club.” “In the case of our recruitment, we had watched Diego Rolan for several months and we could bring him in as a solution immediately.” “It seemed smart to recover some money for Gouffran and invest it in this boy, and that’s what we did.”

The reports were that Newcastle paid around €1.5M (£1.3M) for Yoan – since he would have become a free agent in June, and that was yet another bargain for Newcastle.

Derek LLambias has since said the club had planned to bring both Moussa Sissoko and Yoan to the club as free agents this summer, but because of  our  predicament  in the league table, they brought both players in last month for small fees – and it seems that both players cost Newcastle just over £3M in total – what a bargain.

Yoan has been a little bit of a surprise at Newcastle – on the positive side – and in the three games he’s played he’s looked an excellent player who has fitted right into the Newcastle side, and of course at Tottenham he scored his first goal for the club.

The fact he was carried off on a stretcher in the game in the second half was probably a big reason we ended up losing the game, according to manager Alan pardew, who regards the Frenchman very highly.

But the good news is Yoan is due to return to training tomorrow and the gash on his shin was accompanied only by severe bruising – but there was no break.

And that was more good news for Newcastle.

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21 comments so far


    Feb 17, 2013 at 6:06 AM

    Comment #1

    y0an le vaillant.on te souhaite plein de succes ici a newcastle,et on sait que tu va realiser tout ton potentiel ici.
    bonne chance


    Feb 17, 2013 at 6:09 AM

    Comment #2

    the curse seems to be on papisto at the moment.everything going against him at the moment alas.

  • Mister Tuff

    Feb 17, 2013 at 7:23 AM

    Comment #3

    Gouffran est un très bon joueur, mieux que nous l’avions espéré.

  • Ian Toon

    Feb 17, 2013 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #4

    Bollance- Makes sense. Our record with developing talent is poor. We should have a conveyor belt programme annually appraised. Acquiring and loaning back and/or getting players out on loan into a progressively higher league. Brad Inman is doing well at Crewe but he is 21 he should have gained experience of regular competition a few years ago . Bigi is a good example of where we want players to be at around 19-20. In identifying a good number at a young age not all will go on to better things but can be sold off to lower league clubs thereby as a minimum covering initial purchase cost. The Derby midfielder who is Will !! ( tired forget) looked class in the making 18 months ago- mistakes will be made but it’s a means of also bringing in
    Home grown English at a price we can afford. As I said earlier our current older crop of Fergi, Tavernier etc are not as advanced as they should be and not because they have not been selected enough but because they have not grasped opportunities offered. The Man U, Liverpool, Arsenal, Spurs. Policy of getting youngsters out for experience and culling ruthlessly those who don’t make the required grade That’s how we got Simpson who had been loaned out to other clubs prior to joining us, with the fee we paid covering Man U’s development costs. A good blue print in reverse. A number of selling clubs would welcome a sale and loan back arrangement. Our network of scouts reporting into Carr with Pardew having the ultimate call. Annual budget which does not have to overly involve DL who could otherwise delay the whole process.

  • Ian Toon

    Feb 17, 2013 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #5

    Bollance- your a good judge of a player. I will recommend you to cover the Spanish market. Fabregas joined Arsenal as a 16 year old!
    You’ll have to negotiate your own salary though!

  • Mister Tuff

    Feb 17, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #6

    Ian Toon. Bonjour, comment ça va ?
    Vous vous êtes levé de bonne heure ce matin.

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Feb 17, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #7

    where are all the posters

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Feb 17, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #8

    am I alone here

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Feb 17, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #9

    hello is anyone here

  • Benji84

    Feb 17, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #10

    When I see Goughy I see orbantan. The only difference is Goughy can lift his head up and pass or cross a bit better and has a better shot. I hope he takes orbantan under his wing and works with him and gives him confidence. Just imaging goughy and orbantan both running hard crossing and passing well and having a decent shot as well. It be like heaven

  • Mister Tuff

    Feb 17, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #11

    roshan -morning -all very quiet on the blog this morning. I see Ian Toon made an appearance earlier -but he’s probably now too busy as he will be writing some fan letters to Percy Panais.

  • Mister Tuff

    Feb 17, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #12

    Benji84 – whilst fans may have the hope that Obertan will turn out to be a good player, unfortunately hope is not reality. Obertan is 23 yrs old (I think) if he was going to make the grade he would have done so by now. I did a post a couple of months ago about him at Bordeaux to the present day -he has not excelled at all -I see no reason to expect great things from him. Percy keeps playing him as he was responsible for the signing (not Carr).

  • Mister Tuff

    Feb 17, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #13

    Ian Toon.
    Est-ce que vous allez à l’église ou la pub le dimanche.
    Il faut lire la parabole de la brebis perdue.
    Ne suivez pas les pas du Diable.

  • Tsunki

    Feb 17, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #14

    Su demasiado rapido para mi. Senor Ed – Menos rapido por favor!

    And who is Goughy and Orbantan? have I missed a sly transfer window? 🙂

    On the home-grown thing, isnt it a case of the academy system in England suffering a bit of doldrums of late? Ours is not the only club who seem to have trouble bringing serious talent through, I fear the reason behind Tavernier, Campbell et al are being shoved to one side for instant overseas prospects is simply because they are and probably never will be of the required standard. This must be down to grass roots training in this country, other countries seem to be able to take hold of their charges at a younger age and have more concentrated skills training. The fact we are struggling to gain a top academy accreditation speaks volumes about the lack of importance placed on finding and nurturing rare talent and how clubs have panicked over the last ten PL years to keep up with the big guns by buying themselves into league status, and we have been one of them. Clubs like Middlesbrough show that when there is little other choice, you must have a good academy or you will sink further into the mire. The money spent on Owen for example, must surely have put our youth training programme back a decade at least. I really hope that part of our new ‘plan’ involves serious consideration of the far and not just the near future.

  • Benji84

    Feb 17, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #15

    yeah its sad that obertan could just lift his bloody head up. that’s all he needs to do. never mind

  • Benji84

    Feb 17, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #16

    I think ed should put a translation link on the page for our new French bloggers

  • Marty-Toon

    Feb 17, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #17

    Obertan would’ve been better staying in France in his earlier years instead of at Utd.
    Think he got lost there and he’d have had more playing time in the French league.
    You say the only difference between Obertan and Gouffran is ….
    Lift his head up,Cross and pass a bit better and better shot.
    Well that’s 4things and that’s actually all the things you need in a winger.
    No doubt the guy has dribbling talent and speed but he should be a constant threat to the opposition with those two aspects of his game yet when seeing Gouffran or Marveau on the ball I always feel there’s a much greater threat and that something will happen.
    Just like Jonas really,when i see him carrying the ball it’s seldom i expect something to come of it as he and Obertan either give a poor pass or lose the ball rather than keep it in the team.
    Are either of those good enough to play every game?my opinion =no ,but Jonas still plays every game.
    Marveau,Gouffran and Ben Arfa are long way ahead of them although Jonas gives us Better protection defensively

  • Tsunki

    Feb 17, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #18

    Benji – or direct them to WordPress where they can create their very own French-speaking Blog. I know we’ve signed a lot of French Players but my GCE ‘O’ Level (I know what I typed) French needs far too much descaling to allow conversing in the Gallic tongue. English is the Lingua Franca here ha ha oh dear oh dear….

  • Benji84

    Feb 17, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #19

    Marty I do hear what you are saying but I feel if he thought what is going to do with the ball rather than run hard a cross to an area and hope something will pull off.

  • tequilamag

    Feb 17, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #20

    Mr Tuff @12 another great work of fiction from you. ,Obertan has only played 90minutes once for us this season in the Pl so using him as a stick to beat Pardew with is not going to wash for me. In the real world Obertan has only been on the pitch in the PL for a total of 359 minutes and has got 3 assists in that time. Mot a bad return really for the little time he has had on the pitch. Pardew clearly sees him as a squad player not a regular starter. And this Percy thing is just beyond dull.

  • Owldman

    Feb 17, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #21

    With regards to youth academies, I follwed my 16 year old grandson from the age of 7 playing at the local club he was never going to make it to any football academy but he did enjoy playing football
    as he did playing all other sports also playing with him were a number of talented boys some of them were taken on by the local academies.but now most of them have lost interest in playing & at 16 years of age are more interested in going out with their mates , they just do not have the dedication to make it as professional footballers &I believe this is true throughout the country & not just here in the Newcastle area


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