Photos: Yoan Gouffran all smiles in Newcastle training despite exit links

Yoann Gouffran, Jack Colback

The 29-year-old Frenchman has been linked with a move away from St James' Park.

Newcastle United forward Yoan Gouffran was all smiles in first-team training on Friday afternoon despite being linked with a move away from Tyneside.

Recently, the Daily Mirror suggested both Gouffran and Gabriel Obertan could be set to return to France. Since then, meanwhile, HITC Sport understand Premier League and Championship sides have registered interest in prising Gouffran away from the Magpies.

But the 29-year-old didn't look burdened by the speculation during training on Friday afternoon. Instead, he looked happy and, for the most part, focused and determined.

Whether there is a future for the Frenchman at St James' Park remains to be seen, considering the attacking talent brought to Newcastle this summer in the likes of Florian Thauvin, Georginio Wijnaldum and more.

But Magpies boss Steve McClaren has told reporters the club do not have to sell any more players between now and the end of the transfer window. That suggests a Gouffran exit will simply be a matter of choice rather than necessity if it happened.

The big question, of course, taking into account what the forward could still offer Newcastle and then balancing it against the supporter criticism he has received over the last few months, is whether it should...

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