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Ace Gouffran joins French revolution at Newcastle

<P>NEWCASTLE have signed a second French player in the space of 24 hours after confirming the arrival of forward Yoan Gouffran from Bordeaux last night.</P>

The 26-year-old has joined for an undisclosed fee, agreeing a four-and-a-half year deal.

His arrival comes on the same day as Newcastle unveiled defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, who joined from Montpellier on Tuesday.

Gouffran, a former France U21 international, scored 40 goals in 179 appearances for Bordeaux in a four-and-a-half year spell after signing from Caen. He will now be charged with scoring the goals Newcastle need to climb away from the relegation battle at the foot of the Premier League.

Gouffran said: "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."

His new boss Alan Pardew said Gouffran's talent stood out to him when Newcastle faced Bordeaux in the Europa League earlier this season.

"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," he said.

"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."

However, Fabricio Coloccini is set to leave after telling officials he does not want to play another game for the club. The 31-year-old captain wants to return home to Argentina to deal with "personal matters".

In the background to all this was vocal interest from Argentinian side San Lorenzo, for whom Coloccini played on loan in the 2000/01 season.

Coloccini does not intend to play against Aston Villa in Tuesday's crucial relegation battle at Villa Park - their next game - but Newcastle could have half a new team in place by then.