By Harvey Byrne

Ligue 1 side FC Lorient have contacted Newcastle about the status of Yoan Gouffran and Emmanuel Riviere, according to a report.

French publication L’Equipe claims that the France based club are studying the possibility of making a loan offer to the Magpies.

It is believed that the pair will be allowed to leave St James’ Park this summer.

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.

Gouffran, 30, joined the club in 2013 for a £1.4million fee.

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The experienced player has entered the final year of his Toon contract and has played in 98 fixtures during his time at the north east club.

His most recent appearance came in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Bristol City and he played the full 90 minutes, while he also started the match against Reading last Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Riviere, 26, moved to England from Monaco in a £5million deal in the summer of 2014.

The quick forward player has featured in just 31 encounters for the club following his move and has not featured for the club since Rafa Benitez took charge.

Both players could be set for the Toon exit door, as the club looks to bounce back to the Premier League at the first time of asking this campaign.

In other Newcastle transfer news, the Magpies have made an approach to sign in-demand Tottenham defender DeAndre Yedlin.