Lille have come back in for Yoan Gouffran according to reports this morning.
In December, France Football reported that their information was that Lille had been quoted 800,000 euros (approx £600,000) if they wanted Gouffran in January.
Now L’Equipe say that they understand Lille have been back in touch with Newcastle and have initiated talks to finally complete a move for the unwanted player.
Apart from one bizarre and disastrous start at Manchester City when Newcastle lost 6-1, Gouffran had been totally ignored by Steve McClaren when it comes to his Premier League starting eleven.
With only three brief substitute appearances as well as that lone start, Steve McClaren was forced to bring Gouffran on as a late sub against Manchester United, with Newcastle having one of the weakest benches we’ve seen for some time.
Watching from the stands of course were new signings Jonjo Shelvey and Henri Saivet, who when added to players such as Aarons and Thauvin who will shortly be available once again as well, will surely mean a deal on Gouffran can be done to the benefit of everybody concerned.
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.
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.
L’Equipe also mentioning in their report that wages will be the biggest hurdle to overcome in any negotiations.