Newcastle United surprisingly offered Yoan Gouffran an extension to his contract at St James Park this summer.
Even more surprisingly, the Frenchman has turned down the chance of going up into the Premier League with Newcastle.
Monday afternoon sees Turkish club Goztepe announce Yoan Gouffran as their latest summer signing.
The Turkish side have just been promoted to the top tier, having spent well over a decade in the lower divisions, including a spell as an amateur club.
The player has signed a two year deal with reportedly Newcastle only offering a 12 month one, though even with that, you have to wonder just how bad Newcastle’s offer was to choose not to hang around…
The Turkish club decided on an ‘interesting’ image to go with the transfer news.
Goztepe official announcement:
Yoan Gouffran at Göztepe
‘Finally we signed a two-year contract with French player Yoan Gouffran who was with Newcastle United formation.
After signing our player, we left Izmir for the training camp in Austria.
Gouffran, who came into the world on May 25, 1986 in France, turned professional with Caen and was put in the first team in 2007/08.
The French player then moved to Bordeaux for the 2008/2009 season and has played in the Champions League, Europa League and French Cup matches, while also playing in 140 French League games with Bordeaux during the 4.5 seasons. Gouffran won 1 league championship and 1 French Cup championship in the process.
Gouffran, who went to England in the second half of the 2012/2013 season and opened a new page with Newcastle United, 88 Premier League, 39 Championship matches took place.
Gouffran emerged as a champion in the 2016-2017 season with the Newcastle team rising to the Premier League’