By Will Butcher
Rafael Benitez has revealed that French striker Yoann Gouffran has received “one or two offers” but is expected to stay at Newcastle.
The 30-year-old shone during Saturday’s 1-0 win against Bristol City and the Magpies manager confirmed that the club will be happy if he does eventually decide to stay.
Benitez revealed that the former Bordeaux star had received offers to play elsewhere but claimed that Gouffran wasn’t impressed with what was on the table.
“We knew that maybe he could be in the market this year,” Benitez told the Shields Gazzette. “And we have had one or two offers, but he was not pleased with them.
“It will not be a problem if he stays. He is a good professional, and he is happy here.”
The former France under-21 international was one of many players expected to leave Tyneside this summer following the Championship giants’ relegation from the top-flight last term.
Gouffran, who can play as a centre-forward or out wide, is a proven Premier League goalscorer and clubs were expected to sign Newcastle’s number 20 who has less than 12 months remaining on his current deal.
“He has been training well and I think he likes the way we work,” Benitez said.
“If he does not get any fantastic offers that he feels he has to take because he is 30 years old, then he is a player who can give us a lot of things.”
Gouffran is likely to feature in the Magpies next fixture, as they host League Two minnows Cheltenham Town in the second round of the EFL Cup on Tuesday evening.
In other Newcastle transfer news, this injury-prone international is set to sign a new deal with the Toon before moving out on-loan.