Yoan Gouffran is in the final year of his four year contract at Newcastle and if a suitable offer had come in for him that suited both Yoan and Newcastle in the summer, he would have left the club at that time.
Yoan has since played his best football at Newcastle under new manager Rafa Benitez and the Frenchman works his socks off for the team and has scored 3 great goals for us this season.
The image he now has with the fans has changed dramatically since Rafa arrived and the manager has been able to get the very best out of the 30 year-old.
Yoan Gouffran with Rafa Benitez
Lille were interested in signing Gouffran last January but nothing came of that, but they have remained interested in the player who will be available for a nominal fee at the turn of the year.
There’s news in the Northern Echo today that Lille are now interested in signing the Frenchman in January and it could be that Yoan will leave Newcastle then.
The news is that Lille are willing to offer Gouffran a two and a half year deal.
Gouffran has been a regular starter under Rafa Benitez this season, but with Newcastle looking to be a Premier League club next season we don’t think Rafa will offer Yoan a new deal.
Rafa will want to sign some top players this summer and maybe in January – to further improve the Newcastle squad.
It could be that Rafa will look at what Newcastle’s situation is in January and then decide whether to let the Frenchman leave.
If he did leave we could see Matt Ritchie and Christian Atsu starting on the wings for Newcastle – and maybe Atsu will sign on full time at the club in January?
Yoan will also be a free agent in the summer and he could get a very good deal for himself when he would cost nothing in the transfer market.
Rafa does try to look after the interests of the player and it could be left to Yoan – if he wants to accept the Lille offer.
But as we said he could get some excellent offers in the summer as a free agent, especially given he’s a player who has been playing really well for us this season.
We’re sure a number of top Championship clubs would be only too interested in signing him this summer.
It would also depend on his personal situation and whether he wants to return to France to play his football.
What do you think?