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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  • Rob Brown

    Would definitely have to disagree with your assessment of Gouffran.

    From what I have seen so far he appears to be another Obertan and we already have more than our quota of one trick ponies with Shola, Jonas and Obertan up there without bringing another one in.

    He’s just a runner and once he’s tried that he seems stuck for options. .

    He’ll definitely struggle to get a start when we have a fit and healthy squad, so at 26 we can only hope that we can cash in on him and make a profit sometime in the next couple of years.

    • BenarfahalfwaywondergoalS

      Really? Well one person will be happy to hear this, and that is Obertan.

  • TheDawg

    I think considering the fee we paid for Gouffran we have got another exceptional bargain and based on the evidence of his first couple of performances i think he will be pushing hard for a regular 1st team spot.

    His pace is always a threat and that makes defenses wary not to push on too much, which assists Santon greatly as defending is not the strongest part of his game! His work ethic allows us to easier include our flair players (HBA, Marveaux) who are also somewhat lazy..

    And Shola isnt a ‘one-trick pony’ he is a ‘no-trick pony’!!