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24 January 2013, 05:40
Newcastle United have completed the signing of forward Yoan Gouffran from Bordeaux.
The 26-year-old has signed a four-and-a-half year deal at St. James' Park for an undisclosed fee, and will wear the number 11 shirt.
Gouffran began his career at Caen before signing for Bordeaux in the summer of 2008.
The former France Under 21 international spent more than four years with Les Girondins, making 179 appearances and scoring 40 goals.
"I am really proud to have joined this fantastic Club.
Throughout the last few years I have enjoyed every moment of my time at Bordeaux but all good things must come to an end and it was time for a new challenge.
And the challenge of playing for one of the most famous teams in England, with all of its history and its famous support, is very exciting."
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew said:
"Yoan comes to the Club with a great pedigree and, like the other signings we have made this month, is a player who will add considerable strength to our squad.
I liked the look of him when we played Bordeaux at St. James' Park earlier this season; pacy, direct and intelligent and those are qualities I like in a footballer.
I am sure he will quickly adapt to the rigours and intensity of the Premier League and play an important role for us for the remainder of the season."