Over in France, a Ligue 1 Vice-President has been discussing his club’s interest in Yoan Gouffran and Emmanuel Riviere.

Former journalist Alex Hayes is Vice-President of Lorient and runs the club on a day to day basis, appearing on Le Telegramme over in France, he said that it wasn’t proving ‘easy’ to conclude moves for the two Newcastle players.

Hayes saying that the biggest problem is the size of the wages the two players are getting, despite the fact they are both ‘struggling’ at Newcastle United.

Emmanuel Riviere hasn’t played any football under Rafa Benitez and Newcastle are desperate to get him off their hands, the striker reportedly having four years of a six year contract still to go.

Yoan Gouffran  was a surprise selection against Reading but did reasonably well and kept his place against Bristol City, where again he did ok, though his performances being more workmanlike than inspirational.

Despite these recent games after looking well out in the cold previously, it looks clear that Rafa Benitez would still be happy to let Yoan Gouffran go as he looks to trim an overstocked squad, Gouffran having just 10 months of his Newcastle contract remaining.

With a flurry of deals seeing Saivet, Krul and Janmaat leave in the last 48 hours, there looks likely to be a number of further exits (at least on loan) as well as the odd new arrival.

Lorient Vice-President Alex Hayes speaking to Le Telegramme about Yoan Gouffran and Emmanuel Riviere:

“They are not easy deals because these are players who are struggling in England but at the same time have big salaries.”

Emmanuel Riviere was pulled out of nowhere by Steve McClaren to start what proved to be the Head Coach’s final match against Bournemouth, Riviere making his one and only start under the doomed McClaren in that 3-1 home defeat that sparked his eventual sacking.

Now aged 26, Riviere has scored one league goal in his two seasons at St James Park after a £6m move from Monaco.

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