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