Newcastle wait on decision from forward

Yoan Gouffran
Yoan Gouffran

Yoan Gouffran's future is still in the balance.

The Newcastle United forward's expires tonight.

And there have been discussions over a new deal for the 31-year-old, who made 39 Championship appearances last season.

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Gouffran, signed from Bordeaux in January 2013, is looking for a longer-term deal, not a short contract extension, at this stage of his career.

Newcastle are understood to favour an incentivised deal.

United manager Rafa Benitez – whose players report back for training on Monday – does not want talks with Gouffran to drag on.

The club has only signed one player so far this summer.

And Benitez is frustrated at a lack of progress in the transfer market.

Newcastle's manager feels Gouffran would be a useful squad player in the Premier League.

Meanwhile, the Gazette revealed Liverpool's response to a loan enquiry about winger Sheyi Ojo on Wednesday.

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