Yoan Gouffran has completed his move to Newcastle United for an undisclosed fee.

The 26-year-old striker leaves French side FC Girondins de Bordeaux after four-and-half years at the club, scoring 40 goals in 183 appearances in the south-west of France.

Despite having a fantastic time at Bordeaux, Gouffran believes it was time for him to move on and test himself against the best.

Gouffran told the Newcastle's official website: "Throughout the last few years, I have enjoyed every moment of my time at Bordeaux, but all good things must come to an end and it was time for a new challenge."

The former French Under-21 international also stated that the Magpies' pedigree and fan-base were some of the key reasons for making the move to the north of England.

Gouffran added: "The challenge of playing for one of the most famous teams in England, with all of its history and its famous support is very exciting."

The former Caen forward arrives at St. James' Park in a time of need for Newcastle, having slipped down to 16th in the Premier League table after their amazing fifth-place finish last season.

Alan Pardew's side are also limited on potent attacking options, having seen star man Demba Ba sold to Chelsea for around £7 million earlier this month.

Newcastle are now left with strikers Shola Ameobi, his brother Sammy and Papiss Cisse, who have only scored five goals between them this season.


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