By Tom Blackburn
Rafa Benitez says that unless there is a “massive” offer Yoann Gouffran will remain a Newcastle player beyond this transfer window.
The former Real Madrid manager admitted that it is most likely the 30-year-old will stay with the Magpies because the offers for him have not been good enough.
Talking to The Chronicle, Benitez said, “Normally he has to stay now. I said before that he had some offers, but they were not good enough, so I gave him the chance to play because he has been a very good professional.
“So now after playing three games, with three wins and him playing well, then I don’t see any change.
“The only change is if someone comes with massive money, then I will think about it.”
French publication L’Equipe claimed this week that Lorent were studying the possibility of making a loan offer to the Magpies for Gouffran and fellow Frenchman Emmanuel Riviere.
Lee Ryder, chief sports writer of the Chronicle claimed on his personal Twitter account that the duo would definitely be given permission to exit the club following the report in France, but it appears Benitez is less willing to let go of his man than expected.
The former France under-21 international was one of many players expected to leave Tyneside this summer following the Championship giant’s 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.
The 30-year-old shone during their 1-0 win against Bristol City last weekend, but didn’t play a part in their most recent Championship win over Brighton on Saturday.
In other Newcastle transfer news, they are set for a deal as an international is pictured at an airport.