By Tom Blackburn

Loan moves for Newcastle pair Emmanuel Riviere and Yoan Gouffran are stumbling due to the pair’s high wages, according to a report.

Lorient Vice President Alex Hayes claims that because players in England have high salaries it makes it difficult to do a loan deal.

“These are not easy deals because they are players who are failing in England. They have, in addition, high salaries,” he told French publication La Telegramme.

It is reported by HITC Sport that the pair are both currently on a £75,000-a-week deals.

Lee Ryder, chief sports writer of the Chronicle claimed earlier this week on his personal Twitter account that the duo would “definitely be allowed to go”, following reports of an approach from Lorient.

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

The experienced player has entered the final year of his Toon contract and has played in 99 fixtures during his time at the north east club.

His most recent appearance came off the bench in Tuesdays EFL Cup win over Cheltenham and he also played 90 minutes in last Saturday’s 1-0 win over Bristol City.

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, European giants line up a Newcastle star as back up to a £13million pursuit.