Report: Yoan Gouffran could leave Newcastle United after holding talks with Lille

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez

The 30-year-old has never fully convinced at Newcastle United and appears set for a return to Ligue 1 with Lille.

Newcastle's Yoan Gouffran in action with Aston Villa's Jordan Amavi

Newcastle United could yet winger Yoan Gouffran leave Tyneside when his contract expires at the end of the season, The Chronicle reports, after he held talks with Lille in January.

Rafael Benitez has certainly shaken up the Magpies' squad since he made the rarely-repeated move from Real Madrid to St. James' Park in March last year, with the likes of Florian Thauvin, Emmanuel Riviere, Henri Saivet and Remy Cabella farmed out elsewhere as quickly as possible.

And The Chronicle reports that Newcastle, who have also parted company with five of their longest serving players in two transfer windows, appear increasingly unlikely to offer Gouffran a new deal beyond the end of the season, bringing the curtain down on four-and-a-half largely inconsistent years on Tyneside.

Newcastle's Yoan Gouffran scores their second goal

The 30-year-old enjoyed a surprising renaissance at the beginning of the campaign and remains just two goals away from his most prolific season in a Newcastle shirt but, since the turn of the year, his performance level has dropped as speculation over his future has intensified.

The Chronicle claims that the former Bordeaux forward held talks with Lille in January and will be offered the opportunity to return to France in the summer as the 2011 champions aim to kick-start an exciting new era with legendary Argentinian manager Marcelo Bielsa reported to be on the verge of taking over.

Marcelo Bielsa

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