Yoan Gouffran, Newcastle’s forgotten man, is the subject of interest from two Championship clubs as the Toon look to offload a number of fringe players before the end of the emergency loan window.
Signing for the North East club in January 2013, the Frenchman joined the club with a lethal reputation in front of goal, despite being rarely deployed as an out-and-out striker. During his five-year tenure at Bordeaux, Gouffran scored 40 goals and earned 22 caps for France’s Under-21s.
Gouffran opened his account at St. James' Park with a consolation goal in a defeat to Tottenham Hotspur, before bagging two further strikes going into the summer.
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The 29-year-old’s first full season saw further success as Alan Pardew’s men started the 2013/14 season in electric form. Despite fading out in the twilight months, Gouffran executed strikes against Southampton, West Brom, Norwich and even Mourinho’s Chelsea.
A strike against Stoke City saw the Frenchman become the first player since Alan Shearer in 1997 to score in five consecutive league games at St. James' Park.
Alan Pardew had doused the player in rave reviews over the course of the campaign and Gouffran’s tail was up. However, Pardew’s departure in January spelled the beginning of the end for the once-prolific Frenchman, who seems to have run out of steam in the Premier League.
Since the manager’s switch to Crystal Palace, Gouffran has scored but a single goal. Moreover, that lone effort proved a massively fortuitous incident after Florin Gardos’ attempted clearance hit Gouffran and spun into the net. It proved a minor detail in a 2-1 home defeat to Southampton.
John Carver’s catastrophic reign saw Gouffran’s game time ever minimised, with the Toon narrowly surviving relegation to the Championship.
However, the appointment of Steve McClaren has far from reignited the wingers’s career as the 29-year-old has made just one league appearance this campaign.
And whilst Newcastle may have escaped the Championship last season, he could be heading there this campaign.
With such minimal game time at St. James' Park, the Newcastle Chronicle report that Charlton Athletic and Wolverhampton Wanderers are interested in securing Gouffran’s services.
The emergency loan window closes on November 25 and it is believed the ex-Bordeaux forward may be demoted to the Championship before the deadline. Team-mate Gael Bigirimana is also reported to be departing on loan after he returns from international duties with Burundi.
Although his goalscoring form has significantly declined over the past two seasons, there is no doubt Gouffran is a clinical finisher on his day. A step down to the Championship may be exactly what the Frenchman needs to escape the confines of Newcastle’s bench and reestablish himself.
With Ayoze Perez, Aleksander Mitrovic and Georginio Wijnaldum ahead of him in the pecking order, an emergency loan seems the only way out for Gouffran, whose Newcastle career has plummeted since the departure of Pardew.