YOAN Gouffran insists he didn’t have to think twice about joining Newcastle United – unlike Loic Remy.
Gouffran is arguably the player who has benefitted from Remy’s decision to choose QPR’s cash over a move to Tyneside.
Having been snubbed by the Marseille man last week, Newcastle quickly switched their sights to the Bordeaux hitman, who jumped at the chance to join the Magpies’ French revolution.
“Obviously if a player decides not to come, then it is their decision,” said Gouffran. “Each to their own.
“But certainly as far as I am concerned I had the chance to come here, and I am delighted with it.
“Once Newcastle came calling it was something I couldn’t say no to.”
Gouffran, pictured, has long been on Newcastle’s radar, with talk that they would sign him in the summer once his contract at Bordeaux expired.
But the pressing need for additional firepower, with the club struggling near the bottom of the Premier League, meant the deal was moved forward, to the delight of the attacker.
“I am delighted to be here at Newcastle,” he added. “It is a club that has always appealed to me, and I have always liked.
“Once I had the opportunity to come here in January, I could not say no.
“The position of the team is not the best. I don’t want to take too long to bed in.
“I just want to get down to it, and be the best from the word go.
“It is a massive club. It is not in the position it should be at the moment, but with the new players that are coming we can move up the league quickly.”
Gouffran, of course, has already seen first hand the size of the club, having played in the Europa League at St James’s Park for Bordeaux back in November.
And he says his good memories of that night – despite his team losing 3-0 – played a part in him joining United.
“It was definitely an amazing atmosphere,” the former France Under-21 international added. “The stadium wasn’t full, but it was amazing.
“I can only imagine what 52,000 people behind us will be like.
“It can only push us on to do our best, winning matches and getting results.”
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