Bordeaux forward Yoan Gouffran to become a Newcastle player on Wednesday
Newcastle are expected to complete the signing of Bordeaux striker Yoan Gouffran on Wednesday.
Last Updated: 22/01/13 8:03pm
The 26-year-old announced on Twitter that he would be joining the Premier League team after a fee, believed to be in the region of £1.5million, was agreed between the clubs.
Gouffran, who has been with Bordeaux since 2008, was due to be out of contract at the end of the current season.
The former France U21 international has scored 30 times for Bordeaux in 133 appearances and has often been linked with a move to England, with Arsenal, Sunderland and Everton previously credited with an interest.
"Big thanks to everyone who has supported me through the good times and bad times. I thank the leadership of the club and the staff for helping me grow," he wrote.
"I need a new challenge and therefore I hope that you respect my choice. I will follow all the results of the Girondins (Bordeaux).
"Tomorrow I will be a new player of Newcastle and I am proud. Thanks to everyone....kisses."
His move could mark the start of a French influx at St James' Park with Montpellier defender Mapou Yanga-Mbwia and Nancy left-back Massadio Haidara also expected to complete moves this week.
Boss Alan Pardew has also been linked with Toulouse midfielder Moussa Sissoko, although that deal is more likely to be on a pre-contract ahead of completion in the summer.