Layout 1Speaking to the media in France, the Bordeaux President, Jean-Louis Triaud, has revealed that Bordeaux had initially decided not to let Yoan Gouffran join Newcastle in January.

Only when they agreed a deal for 19 year old Uruguayan striker, Diego Rolan, did they then agree to sell Gouffran in the transfer window.

Rolan was signed from Uruguayan club, Defensor, for a reported 2.8m euros, with Bordeaux seemingly coming out around 1m euros ahead after taking Newcastle’s fee for Gouffran into account.

Speaking to French radio station RMC, this is what President Triaud had to say;

“We hesitated with Gouffran and were going to keep him until the summer, but then reconsidered whether to keep him until the end of his contract or to sell him and get a financial return on him.

We have watched Diego Rolan for some time and we knew we found we could bring him in as a replacement immediately. So in the end it seemed smart to recover some money for Gouffran and invest it  in this player”.

On the evidence so far, I’m relieved that Bordeaux found their replacement because Gouffran’s combination of clever play and work ethic look a real catch for Newcastle.

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