Yoan Gouffran has ended his four-and-a-half-year stay at Newcastle with a shock move to Turkish club Gotzepe SK. The winger signed a two-year deal to join the Super Liga new boys.
The 31-year-old joined the Magpies in a cut-price £500,000 move from Bordeaux in January 2013 and has gone on to make 127 appearances for the club, scoring 19 times.
Founded in 1925, Goztepe are one of the oldest and best supported clubs in Turkey.
The Izmir based outfit have powerful backers and are owned by Turkish oil tycoon Mehmet Sepil.
Goztepe will compete in the Super Lig after years in the wilderness. The club dropped into the amateur leagues before turning around their fortunes over the past decade.
News of Gouffran’s departure will come as another transfer blow to Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez, who has struggled to land his key targets this summer.
And Gouffran’s exit is likely to mean the club steps up their efforts to land Kamil Grosicki’s from near-by Hull, with the Poland winger linked with a £12million switch to both Newcastle and Watford.