Former Newcastle Target Now Available From Lille

Newcastle were after 20 year-old Florian Thauvin in January, before the French U20 International signed a four and a half year deal with Ligue 1 club Lille for around €3.5M.

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Florian Thauvin – available for €15M?

Arsenal were also rumored to be after the attacking midfielder, who was sent out on loan to Bastia in Ligue 1 after signing for Lille, and scored 7 goals in just 12 appearances.

There are reports in France that the young Frenchman could be allowed to leave Lille for around €15M (£13.5M) this summer – which would be an €11.5M (£9.8M) gain in just six months for Lille.

According to La Provence in France an informed source said the following:

“What could happen is that Lille say, ‘OK, we will sell him but only for €15m (£13m).” “You see, at the end of the day, Marseilles do not want him that much.”

Marseilles had been thought to be interested in the player, but surely no club will pay out €15M for the 20 year-old youngster.

The French youth international was a key player for France at the Under-20 World Cup held in Turkey this summer, and France won the Championship by beating Uruguay in the final 4-1 on penalties, after the game ended in a no score draw.

Lille Sporting Director Frederic Paquet has said the French club do not want to sell their top youngster:

“We’ve always been very clear — his departure has never been either considered or conceivable.” “Florian has just arrived at the club, he’s 100% a Lille player and we’re very happy about that. We’re counting a lot on his talent to enable the team to perform.”

Lille Chairman Michel Seydoux was also towing the Lille party line:

“We know exactly what we want at Lille and I am stubborn. We will take our time for Florian to adapt to the group as we did in the past with Gervinho or Dimitri Payet.”

It seems to us the situation is that Lille would sell for €15M – if some club was daft enough to pay that much over the odds, for a player who cost €11.5M less than that in January.

Maybe PSG?

Newcastle will pay nowhere near that amount for this player.

In his career so far, Florian has played 52 times with 10 goals.

He’s an excellent up and coming player but Newcastle missed their chance to sign him in January for a reasonable fee.

What do you think?

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67 comments so far

  • Tinman

    Aug 14, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #1

    Get your glasses out boys!!!

  • Markaccus

    Aug 14, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #2


    I dont know you, but as far as i am concerned you are ahead of welbeck in the pecking order

  • bobby mango

    Aug 14, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #3

    What a bizarre article.

  • Markaccus

    Aug 14, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #4

    Too much money for a 20 yo

  • Tinman

    Aug 14, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #5

    This article is a non starter by the way. Nothing to say about it at all. Very small chance of this happening, virtually no chance if that is the price tag

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Aug 14, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #6

    My England team would be :






  • Tinman

    Aug 14, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #7

    BPC, Terry and Gerrard are past it for me. Especially Terry. I’m also not sure whether you get the best out of Roo when he plays up front alone.
    It’s a difficult one. I think there is a distinct lack of real class in our national side at the minute

  • Our Toon

    Aug 14, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #8


    Everyone understands Pardew is an issue but he is not the biggest issue at the club, our owner is the biggest issue. Everyone’s talking about our squad being good enough to finish top 7, well Norwich, Swansea, Southampton even the scum, have the most piece of the jigsaw…..a better manger.

    Can people stop going on about rubbish like Rhodes from Blackburn, the guy is awful, I’ve seen him play a few times and he is good for the championship (like Shola was when we were there) but he is naff in fact strolla has a better record in the championship than Rhodes, he reminds of Jonathan Stead another big flop,, as is Austin who thankfully has moved to QPR and Jermaine Beckford before him, we should be aiming for bigger and better players instead of championship rubbish!! Oh add David Nugent to that list as well

  • Twatter

    Aug 14, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #9

    Fact of the matter is Welbeck and Cleverley should be nowhere near our national team’s starting 11. Bang average players who do very little for their club. I would prefer to see us call up Nathan Redmond and Raheem Sterling than carry some of the dead weight in the squad like we do at the moment.

  • spitfire_

    Aug 14, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #10

    15 mill? They bought him for 4 mill 6 months ago and Thauvin wants to go because the lack of games… 15 mill… how exactly this happened?

  • paul24

    Aug 14, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    Comment #11

    Just had a look at Welbecks stats, 27 goals in 139 appearances, thats pretty s**t, regardless of how old he is.

  • Markaccus

    Aug 14, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #12


    See? Told you 😀

  • paul24

    Aug 14, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #13


    Way over hyped, Karim Benzema scored more than that in 1 season at Lyon when he was a teenager, and bagged 10 assists to boot. If Man Poo are pinning there hopes on future players like him they’re screwed xD

  • Jamesthefirst

    Aug 14, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #14

    We will definitely sign another striker before the window closes but more than likely it will be a player we have scouted and talked to before. JK doesn’t have the guile in negotiations or the time to start with new targets.

    Personally would prefer to see Vuckic and Campbell given a proper run in the first team. Both of them have more talent than any of the strikers we have been linked to.

  • Markaccus

    Aug 14, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #15

    Right, time to turn in.

    Goodnight people

  • Pizzicato The Arizona Geordie

    Aug 14, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #16

    so Sarabia was a scam?

  • Rooster

    Aug 14, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #17

    Gomis are u there??? Vossen are u there??? Ince are u there??? Wijnaldum??? are u there, Alderwiereld are u there??? its bloody hide and seek, doing everyone`s napper in isn’t it.

  • Sazzer

    Aug 14, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #18

    Yeah seems a like fanboy scam on Sarabia.

  • Graeme

    Aug 14, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #19

    For €15 million you can have me!!
    FFS dont all rush at once pmsl

  • Sazzer

    Aug 15, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #20

    I would have like to have seen Rhodes playing with Snodgrass, Morrison, Maloney and Forrest at least for couple of minutes against Premier league quality opponents tonight.

  • Slatymag

    Aug 15, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    Comment #21

    This talk of Alderwiereld out of the blue anything to do with PSG’s apparent interest in Debuchy. He does also play right back?

    Cabaye and Debuchy to PSG with Alderwiereld and a midfielder in without fat man dipping into his pocket could be the plan.

    It’s getting to the point where I’m hoping for any kind of movement to kick start some action. Though a striker in would do!

  • Graeme

    Aug 15, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    Comment #22

    The positions we need strengthening have been known, in some cases for over 2 years – eg CB. There is an interview, covered on here where Pardew says “MA has said to me ‘Where’s the Centerback we need then?” Right, so, where is he??

    Its nothing more than smoke and mirrors as far as MA is concerned and his puppet, JFK, is just an imbecile at best. Between them they havent a clue of what is best for our footy club. Pardew is desperately trying to cover his own rump in the run up to the new season and it looks like JFK has the inside line to the mans office!!

    This really isnt the way to prepare for a new season, but our Illustrious Owner seems more than satisfied with what has transpired.

    Its a bloody nightmare.

  • Carl92

    Aug 15, 2013 at 12:53 AM

    Comment #23

    Rumours about Manuel Fernandes wont go away. I know its only a youtube vid but his Technique and close control is superb

  • Honoured2BNUFC

    Aug 15, 2013 at 1:33 AM

    Comment #24

    Disappointed that Adam Cambell gone out on loan to league one-was really hoping it would be at championship level.

  • Sazzer

    Aug 15, 2013 at 1:36 AM

    Comment #25

    I’m not impressed by him. Look at window “vs” and “against” videos and you find out he loses the ball quite often.

    Better we go for Boudebouz or Hughes then this guy.

  • Pizzicato The Arizona Geordie

    Aug 15, 2013 at 1:44 AM

    Comment #26

    Why don’t just hope for Vuckic coming through, and allow HBA to stick with the right wing? To be honest, if I have to choose, I would just put Vuckic in the starting 11 as AM. Just hope that his fitness is good enough.

    I am dreaming that we are doing a Barca with Remi, Vuckic and HBA in the front. It’s quite impossible for a coach like Pardew.

  • Toon73

    Aug 15, 2013 at 2:16 AM

    Comment #27

    With Campbell out on loan I can see us getting aST, LW, and a CB in. I think the final week of the window will be chaos.

  • Sydney Toon

    Aug 15, 2013 at 2:25 AM

    Comment #28

    Im with you on Vuckic, I suspect Pardew was protecting him against Rangers as they are a very physical side. I think last season he was looking to use him but injuries (again!!) got in the way. Look at the way Coutinho adapted at Liverpool, but Rodgers protected him against the really physical sides initially then let him loose in the back end. I have seen enough in Vuckic to give him a long run early, then similar to Santon, bench him to maintain hunger but also rest him.
    With the squad we have, especially in midfield, either Sissokho or Tiote will lose out, I don’t see Sissokho playing AM this season, another way for Pardew to ease him in. Again LW is an issue, so Remy or Gouffran will definitely be there along with Guti, who looks refreshed. So again, we will see Anita possibly missing out more than we would like. Otherwise, Pards reverts to 433, which also works for us, but isolates Cisse more if teams jam pack the hole in the middle, meaning Marveuax on the left will give us more ability to cross. But it leaves us a little short in CM, as Anita is supported by Gosling, he admittedly looks really good right now.
    On Pards, give him 10 games, see where we are and if not in the Top 10, lynch like hell. Plenty of quality Managers out there, we just need the right person. Financially, people thing Hiddink is a no go, as an Aussie, he accepted the coaching gig on $1m, only a fifth of his salary at Anzhi. I think make a play for him, and appoint someone like Poyet or Cocu as his assistant and look at that, we cross off something from the 5 year plan – Succession Planning!

  • Sydney Toon

    Aug 15, 2013 at 2:30 AM

    Comment #29

    Toon 73
    Throwing a 18yo in the championship this early could ruin him. He is not ready for that level IMO. Pards says he is, but as a 4th or 5th option. League One is not that bad of a league, some very good sides there, main thing is that it will give him plenty of first team games along with experience with the physical side of the English game.

  • paul24

    Aug 15, 2013 at 2:33 AM

    Comment #30

    @Sydney Toon

    On Pards, give him 10 games, see where we are and if not in the Top 10, lynch like hell. Plenty of quality Managers out there, we just need the right person. Financially, people thing Hiddink is a no go, as an Aussie, he accepted the coaching gig on $1m, only a fifth of his salary at Anzhi. I think make a play for him, and appoint someone like Poyet or Cocu as his assistant and look at that, we cross off something from the 5 year plan – Succession Planning!

    If Pardew gets the chop, which could happen, his 8 year deal has a small termination fee, Joe Kinnear will get the job as manager. I dont know about you, but i’d rather have Pardew, JFK as manager scares the living s***e out of me.

  • jimmysmith

    Aug 15, 2013 at 2:53 AM

    Comment #31

    Football pundits are A holes. Pretty much to a man they have us struggling. Poorly informed and feebly following each others opinion, the only one worth reading regarding the Toon is George Caulkin. The Guardian in particular are “having a larf”, they should be ashamed of themselves.

  • Sydney Toon

    Aug 15, 2013 at 2:55 AM

    Comment #32

    I doubt Kinnear will get the job, I firmly believe Ashley will have someone like Poyet or McClaren lined up as likely’s if he gets rid of Pards. Kinnear may come in as temporary but I don’t Ashley will want him doing regular interviews and it would affect team morale, which appears okay under Pards, seems the players have spoken up a lot more and Pards is listening. Whether he puts those comments into action is something we wont be clear about till after the Man City game. Telling you know, if JFK does not spend the apparent “20m” from Ashley and we struggle in areas or get a heap of injuries, then JFK will have a lot to answer for IMO.
    I think Plan A was this:
    PEA in for $15m
    Loan deal for Remy $2m
    Loan Deal for Sinclair $2m

    Come to January and possibly another $20m is available, then we go after Ince or depending on Sinclair’s form we make a permanent arrangement for $5m.

    There is logic there, people just don’t see it that way, spending early can give you early rewards, but it can also damage you if those signings flop or get injured. Leaving no money in the budget for January. We got 5 bargains in January, what is to say Ashley wont follow the same route??? I think he will, get the strikers we need, I don’t care who anymore, Add depth for the long road home in January.

  • Sydney Toon

    Aug 15, 2013 at 2:57 AM

    Comment #33

    Long time no chat! I have seen you posting with less optimism these days…
    Out of Roma QLD thank god!

  • jimmysmith

    Aug 15, 2013 at 3:18 AM

    Comment #34

    Hi ST, enjoyed your post @ 28, well said and written. Not particularly pessimistic about our side or chances, just scared of coming over in any way Pollyanna-ish I suppose, which really just strikes me as tempting fate and being naive in the extreme after many decades of hope and realization regarding our fortunes. Even so, see us as only one two players short of a team to be very proud of, despite some lingering misgivings about the owner and management.

    Glad to hear you’ve finally managed to get out of Roma, where so many before you have failed at their own great cost. More power to ya!

    Haway the Lads!

  • paul24

    Aug 15, 2013 at 3:21 AM

    Comment #35

    @ Sydney Toon

    If Pardew goes Joe will get the job, think about it, when has he done anything sensible in terms of the clubs progression, Joe fits the bill perfectly, he’s Ashleys friend. He’ll keep the team ticking over in the Premier League while Ashley continues promoting his Sports Direct brand through our club. I just hope the rumours are true that he’s gonna pocket the new TV money over the next few seasons till the debts paid and do one.

  • paul24

    Aug 15, 2013 at 3:31 AM

    Comment #36

    @Sydney Toon

    The 20 million figure people have been throwing around isnt what we have to spend, it was originally part of a discussion regarding inflation on the loans we had before Ashley paid them off and we started owing him, for some reason people think now we dont have to pay inflation we have the money that would have went towards it to spend which isnt the case. There have been no official reports as to what JFK has to spend so whatever figures people have suggested are guess work. So f**k knows what he has and only god knows if he can actually get anyone in.

  • Sydney Toon

    Aug 15, 2013 at 5:00 AM

    Comment #37


    It wasn’t easy mate, glad to be home in Sydney. The things you do to put food on the table!
    Thanks for that, I don’t post often but when I do, it is usually thought out, unlike others who just scream Pardew Out!! all the time, gets frustrating when you want to post something positive and everybody is getting their hopes destroyed. Not every deal is the same, some players are just desperate to move and take whatever is on offer, others like to negotiate it out and drag it out because they want best dollar or want reassurances over FT football. In the end, if we finish 10th, I wont see it as disappointing, but will see it as a positive step. Anything less than 10th is, IMO, a fair expectation at this stage. It will always be reviewed, the expectations etc etc.
    I just cant wait to see what Pards does with Santon, who was close to our best last season, Marveaux who is just plain inconsistent and the Loic Remy & Cisse Partnership and how he will fit both in.

    Okay fair enough, going into our bidding history, logic seems we have at least 20m to spend. Look at our targets, all under that amount by some margin, we went for gold for PEA, we missed out to CL team, not anything else. Gomis deal is odd, but it doesn’t surprise me that he has clauses everywhere, how else could Lyon afford it and obviously at the time, ST Etienne wanted a return because they unearthed him. I think we will unearth the Gomis deal late, Lyon have to sell end of story.
    I am still holding out hope for Sinclair on Loan, what a good bit of business that would be. Man City are obviously looking to ship Milner, Barry, Sinclair, Lescott out, remember they sacked Mancini to start producing from their academy. I think also we will go in for Ince initially but if Blackppol quote more than $7m, we will go forr Sinclair.

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Aug 15, 2013 at 5:10 AM

    Comment #38

    Hahahaha! Don’t know if anyone has seen this..

    Sky Sports reporter Nick Collins taking a tumble live on air yesterday while he was reporting on Carricks injury..

    Love out like this!

  • nut meg

    Aug 15, 2013 at 5:40 AM

    Comment #39

    Don’t know if anyone has seen this,apologies if it’s already been put on here.

  • Sir Braveheart

    Aug 15, 2013 at 6:23 AM

    Comment #40

    Heres a player Newcastle arent interested in.

    Is it really that slow a news week?

    Other players we’re not looking to sign are Messi, Rooney, Bale, David Cameron, Justin Bieber, Morgan Freeman and the entire cast of the Hoobs.


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