Yoan Gouffran has been linked with a number of clubs both in the Championship and back home in France.

Apart from one bizarre and disastrous appearance at Manchester City when Newcastle lost 6-1, Gouffran had been totally ignored for Premier League purposes until the last few weeks.

Not even making the bench a number of times previously, Gouffran made three appearances in a row as a substitute before last Saturday’s draw with Villa. Apart from the Man City experiment, Gouffran hadn’t even been used as a sub before these latest brief trio of appearances from the bench, suggesting that maybe the club are putting them in the shop window.

One of the clubs said to have approached Newcastle are Yohan Cabaye’s old club Lille, with France Football reporting that their information was that they had been quoted 800,000 euros (approx £590,000) if they moved for Gouffran in January.

Due to the ridiculously long contracts handed out by Newcastle to very average players, they are landed with Yoan Gouffran for another year and a half unless they can shift him.

By then he will be 31 and in the meantime would have continued to cause a blockage in the squad, as Mike Ashley won’t countenance having players at the club who exceed the 25 man Premier League squad limit and wouldn’t be available to play.

After a bright start to his Newcastle career where he looked full of commitment and reliable for a few goals, the last two years have proved anything but.

Bizarrely keeping his place on a regular basis under both Pardew and Carver, Gouffran has been appalling in these past 24 months and scored only two Premier League goals in that time, one a deflection at Hull and the other when the Southampton keeper kicked the ball off him.

As has happened with any number of players, by giving Premier League wages to the likes of Gouffran, Marveaux and Obertan, Newcastle have found it impossible to shift them –  thankfully the other two players seeing their contracts ending in June 2016.

Any deal on Gouffran would surely have to see a major compromise made by Newcastle on either wages/transfer fee, as certainly no French club (apart from PSG!) would be able/willing to match his current wage.