Yoan Gouffran may snub Middlesbrough, Hull and Nottingham Forest and fight for striker role at Newcastle

Yoan Gouffran
Yoan Gouffran

Newcastle United’s Yoan Gouffran is wanted by a clutch of Championship clubs – but he could stay and fight for a place.

The Football League’s emergency loan window opened today.

And Newcastle are understood to be willing to farm out a number of players, including Gouffran.

Middlesbrough, Hull City and Nottingham Forest have been linked with moves for the 29-year-old, who joined United two and a half years ago from Bordeaux.

Gouffran has only made one appearance for the club so far this season – the forward started the club’s Capital One Cup tie against Northampton Town last month – and his future seemingly lies away from St James’s Park. But the former France Under-21 international will need to be convinced that a move to the Championship would be right for him.

And Gouffran – who struggled for form last season, in common with many of his team-mates, as the club battled the threat of relegation – could opt to stay and attempt to play his way into Steve McClaren’s plans. Despite a £50million summer spend, McClaren’s team looks short of goals, and Gouffran has always favoured a central role.

Meanwhile, Mike Williamson is another player whose future looks to be away from United.

The long-serving defender – who also started the Northampton game – is out of contract next summer, and the club will not offer him a new deal. However, with Paul Dummett (hamstring) sidelined, McClaren could be reluctant to let him leave on loan this month.