Club President says talks with Yoan Gouffran going well
Mehmet Sepil has told the media that talks with Yoan Gouffran are going well and have been positive.
Sepil is the Club President of Goztepe and is hoping to tie up what would represent quite a significant signing for the club.
The club are minnows of Turkish football but have just won promotion to the top division (Super Lig) after finishing fifth in the second tier, then winning the play-offs.
It is 14 years since Goztepe last reached the top level of Turkish football and in the meantime have played in the second, third and fourth tiers, plus dropped even further when they played as an Amateur side in 2007/08.
Five weeks ago when Newcastle United revealed their retained/released list, they confirmed that Vurnon Anita and others were going, but that they had made an offer of a short-term contract (believed to be for one year) to Yoan Gouffran.
However, the last that was heard was on 30 June when local north east media reported that the Frenchman had a deadline of 2 July to give Rafa Benitez/Newcastle United an answer.
Yoan Gouffran is now 31 and if he is going to sign for Goztepe then I think we can take for granted that Newcastle’s offer wasn’t exactly lucrative.
Newcastle United Official Announcement – 9 June 2017:
The club has opened discussions with Yoan Gouffran’s representatives, which may see the Frenchman extend his stay at St. James’ Park.
Manager Rafa Benítez said: “I wish to give sincere thanks to all those players from the first team and at under-23 level who we have made the difficult decision to release this summer.
“In particular to Vurnon Anita, who has served Newcastle United magnificently over the last five years. Vurnon is an outstanding team-player, always working for the team and willing to step into whatever position he was needed to fill. He is an excellent professional and I thank him for every contribution he has made over the years, particularly in my time as manager.
“Yoan Gouffran has been an equally committed and dedicated team-player for this club, as well as a hugely popular member of the squad.
“I can confirm we are in early stage discussions now with Yoan’s agent to see if there might be a solution that could work for both the player and the club which may see Yoan extend his service to Newcastle United, but we will know more in the coming days.
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