Newcastle may have a buyer for Yoan Gouffran, if they get through Thursday’s Europa League Cup-tie.

St.Etienne are the team in question and after drawing 1-1 away at Moldovan minnows Milsami, the French club need to finish the job at home to advance to the group stages.

On the other side of the Channel, France Football report that the Ligue 1 outfit are waiting until after their European future is decided before they complete their transfer window activity.

The extra demands of the Europa League would reportedly trigger a move for an extra striking option, with Robert Beric of Rapid Vienna and Yoan Gouffran, the two under consideration.

The 29 year old has been totally ignored in the three Premier League matches so far and it remains to be seen if he is even involved in the 18 man squad that features against Northampton.

Along with a number of other players, it has been widely reported that the former Bordeaux striker/midfielder can leave if somebody makes the right/any offer.

Gouffran led a charmed life under Alan Pardew & John Carver and despite some pretty shocking form for much of that time, he managed to cling onto his place game after game.

Remarkably, he played in 81 of the 91 Premier League matches over the course of his first two and a half seasons at the club, though Steve McClaren appears to have quickly realised that a midfielder/winger/striker who doesn’t score or create goals, needs to be moved on.

Hopefully St.Etienne do the business on Thursday and bring Yoan Gouffran back home, which just possibly could free up space for another signing…ever the optimist.

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