Newcastle Launch €3M Bid For Top French Midfielder


It seems that Newcastle have launched a bid for Bastia’s 19 year-old midfielder Florian Thauvinm,  and although Arsenal are interested – they have yet to put in any bid for the player.

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Florian Thauvinm – Newcastle have launched a bid for the youngster

And the news today is that Bastia Chairman Pierre-Marie Geronimi has said the Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has called him twice about Florian, but that the London club has yet to put in a firm bid for the player.

Newcastle are reported to have put in an initial bid of €3M (£2.4M) for the French U21 International, and the deal would be that the player will return to play for Bastia through the end of the season, and Bastia will receive 15% of any follow on profit should Newcastle sell the player in the future.

This is what Pierre-Marie Geronimi said on the club’s web-site today:

“We have not received any firm offer from Arsenal and, thus, there is no question of the €5 million reported.” “This week I have had Arsene Wenger on the phone twice. He expressed his interest in the player to us, but it has not gone beyond that.”

“I should be extremely clear on this subject once more to give our supporters the whole truth. The club has only today received a firm offer for Florian and it comes from Newcastle.” “They propose a €3 million fee, with the player staying at Bastia until June and 15 per cent of the value of a future sale.”

“We are considering the proposal and will decide quickly.”

That last sentence is a communication to Arsenal to please put in a bid, but why Chairman talk openly about impending transfer deals – we have no idea.

It would be great if Newcastle can tie up Thauvinm – who will be one for the future, and will join Newcastle in the summer, if  the Tyneside club  can sign him on the dotted line this month.

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79 comments so far

  • carl nufc

    Jan 25, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #1

    repost:
    nile ranger, i wish this low life bum would pissoff and go back down south with the rest of his “brothers” ..
    why cant we just sack him?

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  • metaloverlord

    Jan 25, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #2

    Ashley needs to get involved more often if all this comes off.

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  • richyg01

    Jan 25, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #3

    Any word on the RVW, PEA or Graham bids getting progressed?

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  • rainrix

    Jan 25, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #4

    Right guys i just had a look in the sun and they had a small article on all our new players… They have gouffran quoted as saying “it is the club i needed to, why not, be a springboard to look elsewhere afterwards you never know”

    Has anyone else seen that or are the sun completely talking out of their arses? (Shocking i know) If its bs i may just complain.

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 25, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #5

    Might want to ask a Frenchman, but Chateauneuf is indeed NewCastle, not Chateau Nouveau.

    …and shut it, Belfats 🙂

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  • toon1707

    Jan 25, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #6

    Can anyone who has seen him play give me some info on this lad as I have never heard of him is he a defensive or attacking player or is he central or wing and most importantly is he any good or better than we already have. Thanks

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  • Toon73

    Jan 25, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #7

    Flauvin IN !

    Surely? We’re looking at 5 in 5

    Ashley’s in the middle of a mid-life crisis and may it coninue on 🙂

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Jan 25, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #8

    Let’s hope Mike Ashley really wants this lad, he sounds quite a prospect.

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  • Edd Case

    Jan 25, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #9

    Ed it’s ‘Florian Thauvin’.
    There is no ‘m’ on the end of his name.

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  • tequilamag

    Jan 25, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #10

    only 6 days left in the transfer window and a mere 5 new players in. When will fans wake up and smell the coffee?
    This chronic lack of ambition is proof that Ashley only bought Newcastle to ruin the club. Where is my bedsheet.
    Allez les Toon

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  • Constanstine

    Jan 25, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #11

    Gosling, Vuckic, Abeid anyone?

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  • Tekkers29

    Jan 25, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #12

    toon1707

    He is a attacking midfielder but can play out wide or behind the striker. if we can get this kid it would be a big deal as this kid will go all the way. i have seen him play 6 or 7 times and i think he’s ready to step up to the premier league.

    also has a sweet left foot

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jan 25, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #13

    Wayayman…Sofia Helin?

    …Did you have “the killing” as well?

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jan 25, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #14

    If all the French players are fit that have come in – going to be a interesting 11 that starts against Villa

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Jan 25, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #15

    @Constanstine

    Young players aren’t guaranteed to improve.
    That’s why they cost 3-5M, I’m guessing but if 1 in 10 succeed … good scouting helps improve the odds slightly.

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  • Spreadthetoon

    Jan 25, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #16

    I have heard that Lille are interested in Florian and some suggest that that is his preference. Personally I am not too sure about this as I could seriously think that Florian could very well start for us in a 4-4-2 on the left. Please sign this player, bags of potential and is only going to get better and better. He will play regularly even if it is to relieve Jonas for half a match! Thauvin, please come to le Toon!

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  • yorkymag

    Jan 25, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #17

    Ranger arrested for rape club confirm
    The boy is out of control
    Innocent or guilty. Jus get rid for gods sake

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  • TorqToon

    Jan 25, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #18

    Repost on Thauvin…

    TS – I like him. He is young still, but has truly world class potential.

    What fits for Newcastle united is his desired position of wide left. He is rated very highly in France with view to replacing ‘the old guard’ of les bleu at some point. A left foot to die for and skill to match.

    Not prolific when it comes to scoring goals, but I feel with better players around him he will score plenty.

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  • Spreadthetoon

    Jan 25, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #19

    Ranger is a continual disgrace and his recent antics should see his pay and contract immediately terminated. We’ve put up with this lad and his silly antics on too many occasions and he is more interested in being a “Gangster” than a “Footballer”…..what a waste

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  • ~Anita One Bites the Dust~

    Jan 25, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #20

    I’m at the point where… I’d be happy if we paid a club to get Ranger off us.

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  • Spreadthetoon

    Jan 25, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #21

    Torq
    What your take on Thauvin? Do you think we stand a good chance of landing the youngster? Like I said I seem him as a potential replacement for Jonas in a 4-4-2….

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jan 25, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #22

    Maybe we could send Ranger to OM to join up with Barton 😉 lol

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  • yorkymag

    Jan 25, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #23

    Spread
    I agree summarily terminate his contract. Today

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  • Spreadthetoon

    Jan 25, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #24

    SSN states:-
    According to France Football, Newcastle remain keen to add to their ever-increasing French contingent, with St Etienne’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Bastia’s Florian Thauvin, Lille’s Nicolas Isimat-Mirin and Guingamp’s Gianelli Imbula all said to be on Alan Pardew’s wanted list.

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  • Spreadthetoon

    Jan 25, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #25

    Yorkymag
    Just think that Ranger’s wages could be used to sign a lad like Florian Thauvin…no contest and a no brainer really! 🙂

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  • BelfastMagpie

    Jan 25, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #26

    Time for Ranger to go. Something different every week now. The guy’s a joke.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jan 25, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #27

    I thought Nicolas Isimat-Mirin played for Valenciennes?

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  • thespecialone-ameobi

    Jan 25, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #28

    What the hell is ranger playing at. I’d be on my best behaviour and work my hardest for 100 pound a week. He gets 10thohsand a week and can’t stay out off trouble!!!

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Jan 25, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #29

    If he case is solid he won’t get bail.
    Sympathy for the poor lass.

    He could go down for years. Then his contract can be torn up.
    Until then lots and lots of bad publicity for us.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jan 25, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #30

    Imbula is a very promising young DM

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 25, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #31

    Thauvin would be great. I think we are going to be ok now regardless of Pardew . You couldn’t really have 5 full current French internationals and screw it up.

    Seriously though if Pardew still plays Jonas and Shola, I will not be amused.

    Can we now just get rid of Ranger. Innocent or not. Just had enough of this clown endlessly dragging the name of NUFC down all the time. Maybe we should get Ashley more hands on with this as well. It’s probably a false claim and a stitch up but he’s just an unwanted distraction wherever he goes.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 25, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #32

    spread

    could you imagine that lot on top!!!! I wonder if old Carr was just getting so p…d off that no one was following up on his targets. He’s certainly earning his crust now.

    maybe losing to reading was a good thin to have sparked all this

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Jan 25, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #33

    The club can always pay him his contract and release his registration.

    I’m not sure what he’s on. 30k? for another 3 years?
    It would cost around 4.5M using my guestimate figures. Plus any bonuses.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 25, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #34

    Ranger is always in trouble.

    Whether this is proven or not we have to get shot of him. There have been plenty of disciplinary problems already…arrests, convictions, unprofessional, not turning up for training, insulting fans, etc etc

    Just terminate his contract even if it means we have to pay the lot off now….just get him out the cub.

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  • Conaldo (The Wizard...Also Bestest Friends With Paul Scharner)

    Jan 25, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #35

    What formation do we think will best utilise our players now?

    Arguably our strongest position is cm, so maybes playing with 3cm, and width coming from full backs would work?

    I think this would work.

    Krul
    Debuchy Mbiwa Colo Santon
    Sissokho Anita Cabaye
    Marveaux
    Cisse Gouffran

    (Untill Ben arfa gets back, and tiote)

    4312 would leave us narrow, but as I said the width would come from the fullbacks. This formation would allow us to play through the middle, using our strongest players.

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  • surreytoon

    Jan 25, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #36

    Can we please not mention Ranger? I am sick of hearing about him.

    Good to hear we are after more players although they are probably summer targets. Especially like that we are after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicolas Isimat-Mirin. We definitely need another striker and Central defender.

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  • TorqToon

    Jan 25, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #37

    Spread – I think we stand a very good chance. The club are willing to sell – just a bit of confusion over the details. They want us to loan him back until the summer – but we want him this window.

    Bastia are a very player orientated club and realise their players will move on to bigger clubs, so can’t see them holding him back.
    I do see him more as a wide left of a front 3 kinda player though. And €3mil euros is a lot – but looking from and investment perspective – it’s good value.

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  • last minute window lies

    Jan 25, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #38

    TS , here here, couldnt agree more

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  • gndtoon

    Jan 25, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #39

    @Spreadthetoon

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang … i hope this rumor is true, he would take us to the top 6 and beyond. A similar, (hopefully more sporting) version of Remy.

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  • TorqToon

    Jan 25, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #40

    Conaldo – I would like to see us utilise 2 “CDM’s” to allow our fullbacks to press forward. Anita / Tiote and Sissoko.

    Sissoko is very much a deep lying midfielder who likes to pick the ball up and run with it, Anita/Tiote would add protection to our back line.

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