Thursday 24 January 2013
Newcastle United have completed their third signing of the January transfer window by capturing striker Yoan Gouffran from Bordeaux.
The 26-year-old has signed a four-and-a-half year deal at St. James' Park for an undisclosed fee, and fills the vacancy left by Demba Ba, who recently left the club for Chelsea.
Gouffran, who will wear the No11 shirt, told the club's official website that he felt great pride at signing for "one of the most famous teams in England" after spending more than four years with Les Girondins, the Ligue 1 side he joined from Caen and for whom he scored 31 goals in 140 top-flight appearances.
"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"
"I am really proud to have joined this fantastic club," said the former France under-21 international. "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.
"And 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."
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew added: "Yoan comes to the club with a great pedigree and, like the other signings we have made this month, is a player who will add considerable strength to our squad.
"I liked the look of him when we played Bordeaux at St. James' Park earlier this season: pacy, direct and intelligent and those are qualities I like in a footballer. I am sure he will quickly adapt to the rigours and intensity of the Premier League and play an important role for us for the remainder of the season."
Newcastle, who lie 16th in the Barclays Premier League standings, will hope Gouffran can help them arrest a dip in form that has seen them muster two victories in 14 matches, starting with Tuesday's trip to Aston Villa.
The striker is the third Frenchman to sign for the club in as many weeks following the arrival of defenders Mathieu Debuchy and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa from Lille and Montpellier respectively.