Football - Gouffran expects Magpies to move away from danger

New boy Yoan Gouffran is confident Newcastle's French connection can drag them out of relegation trouble.

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The 26-year-old striker became the third player this month to swap Ligue 1 for the Barclays Premier League when he followed Mathieu Debuchy and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa to St James' Park.

He was joined by Nancy full-back Massadio Haidara on Thursday night and with hopes high of concluding a deal for Toulouse midfielder Moussa Sissoko, Alan Pardew's squad has an increasingly Gallic flavour to it.

With Yohan Cabaye and Hatem Ben Arfa, who were part of the France squad at last summer's Euro 2012 finals, leading an already healthy contingent in the dressing room, Gouffran is confident the quality of those senior men will prove key.

He said: "Definitely. I think they will help us to make progress in the league.

"They have got a lot of experience, they have already played a lot of games and I think they will help us to move up the Premier League."

Gouffran has already played at St James' Park - he was part of the Bordeaux side which lost 3-0 on Tyneside in the Europa League earlier this season - and the experience simply whetted his appetite.

He said: "When I played here with Bordeaux, the stadium was not even full, but the atmosphere was already fantastic. I can only imagine that when this stadium is at full capacity with the supporters really behind us, we are going to play really well.

"That's one of the reasons why I came here - I knew we had a fantastic stadium and an absolutely fantastic set of supporters.

"First of all to settle in well, secondly to show that I'm a good enough player to be able to play and handle myself in the Premier League and to score as many goals as I can."

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