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.

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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’

  • Clarko

    He was the King in the North.

  • TheNutJob

    Best of luck Gouff, my God we dodged the bullet there

  • Cuh736

    Its not surprising that he’s turned us down. Probably not satisfied with being a one-year contract, backup winger at this stage in his career. In the words of Dani Alves, “players love to feel wanted”.

    Goodluck to him. Thanks for the performances last year

  • Lord

    Good luck to him, honest player who tried hard, hardly ever injured.

    Easy target for critics as he seemed to sum up our cheap and cheerful French adventure. That was hardly his fault and he helped us out with promotion in the same way Lovenkrands did. The right time to move on.

  • Jimblag23

    Good luck to the guy. Certainly gave his all last season and scored some stonkers too.

  • Alreet

    Tried his best all the time but found his level last season. 1 out one in suits me. More tomorrow please

  • Mrkgw

    Good luck Yoann and thanks for your efforts with Newcastle. Always seemed to have been a good professional.

  • Rich Lawson

    Bet they kill him off in the next episode !

  • Toon Army AZ

    Good luck Gouffy. Always appreciated the effort. Should excel in Turkey.