Newcastle €12M Bid For Thauvin Appears To Make Little Sense


With Alan Pardew talking about Newcastle possibly bringing in some flair players today, we suggested this morning that Newcastle may be after 20 year-old Lille midfielder Florian Thauvin.

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Florian Thauvin – why are we now bidding so high for this player?

And there is news tonight  that Newcastle may have made a massive €12M (£10.2M) bid for the youngster, who joined Lille last January for a measly €3.5M, and at that time Newcastle were also said to be interested in the player.

So our question has to be – why didn’t we go after him in January when he going for 35% of the current price?

And what does it mean that we are now bidding for a central midfielder, when we are still short of a top striker?

Thuavin’s value went up during the U20 World Cup in Turkey in the summer, when France were the winners, and Thauvin was one of their best players, and he has refused to train this week at his club,  as he is trying to force a move away from Lille.

But the French press are reporting that Marseilles is the club he really wants to join, and if  we are paying out so much for a midfielder, does this mean that Newcastle will now sell Yohan Cabaye?

We need a striker because we find it hard to score goals since Demba Ba left in January, and that should be our major target – and has been our major target according to Alan Pardew and Joe Kinnear.

So at least on the surface this news seems to make little sense, although we obviously don’t know what’s going on behind the scenes, and maybe we have other  signings also lined up.

If Cabaye is to go, and we still bring in a top striker even on loan then yes – this would make some – so if Cabaye is to move, we wouldn’t expect him to be in the squad for our game tomorrow afternoon against Fullham.

Thauvin is a a very good player and a top future prospect – but we still need a top striker brought in before 11:00 pm on Monday night.

What do you think?

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53 comments so far

  • JackButler

    Aug 30, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    Comment #1

    Another reported bid that will come to nothing, our business ended with the loan for Remy

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Aug 30, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #2

    So Mike Ashley can say “hey, we tried” when the window slams shut .

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  • Sazzer

    Aug 30, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #3

    Get French Football ?@GFN_France
    Ryad Boudebouz has been left out of the Sochaux squad this weekend. Whether this is transfer related is unknown.

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  • Sazzer

    Aug 30, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #4

    Get French Football ?@GFN_France
    Sebastien Corchia is in Sochaux’s group vs Ajaccio this weekend. Will he really not be leaving?

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  • stan anderson

    Aug 30, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #5

    I cant believe people on here are still expecting newplayers are coming to us

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  • Sazzer

    Aug 30, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #6

    No link to us recently so in could be he’s off to Swansea or Southampton, Liverpool, Inter that have been link more recently etc.

    Definitely falls into the flair player category.

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  • Monument Mal

    Aug 30, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #7

    I think this would be good move because it doesn’t matter what quality your strikers are, the midfield have to create chances for them which ours hasn’t been doing for long enough now. Let’s forget the obsession with strikers, creativity is what we lack most along with a disorganized defence

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  • Ben3arfa

    Aug 30, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #8

    Thauvin for that amount makes sense too bad we wont sign him though

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  • ochytoon

    Aug 30, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #9

    Boudebouz is going to Southampton.

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  • Graeme

    Aug 30, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #10

    Would the last sensible person to leave SJP tonight, please turn out the lights. There is not a modicom of intelligence emminating from what used to be a most amazing Football Club.

    Mike Ashley has to be a complete and unmitigated disaster befalling our once honourable football club. The FCB even makes Fat Freddy Shepherd look rational and totally in control of reality.

    Mike, please, for the sake of the club, just sell up and go back whence you came. You are not wanted, you are not welcome, you have proved beyond all reasonable doubt – you are NOT a “Fit & Proper person” to own a football club.

    You undoubtedly have money making talent, you obviously have skills to achieve what you have. BUT, you have NO concept of what NUFC means to the North East, to its fans, even to those from Sunderland & Middlesborough who despise us.

    Not once have you, as the OWNER of the club, come out and stated your objectives, your vision for the future. It is your first venture into football and it is obvious you simply do not understand what this club means to tens of thousands of people in or from the North. Your tenure has been nothing short of an unmitigated disaster.

    Please, for the sake of the Club in particular and football in the North East – sell up, go back to what you do best and let the club recover from the unmitigated disater your ownership has proved to be.

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  • Sazzer

    Aug 30, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #11

    ochytoon just feeling or do you have any evidence?

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  • Tommyy

    Aug 30, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #12

    Gotta be realistic, I expect one in on loan maximum, and it sickens me.

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  • thai-mag

    Aug 30, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #13

    get used to it lads, there’s nobody coming in, not this summer, when we are in the bottom 3 about xmas we might get a few in to try to avoid the drop but I think it might be to late by then

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  • numba9

    Aug 30, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #14

    Well said Graeme

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  • kt97toonarmy

    Aug 30, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #15

    What part of “centre forward” does these lot not understand what is this kid? A winger. We need a centre forward by Monday. It’s soo bad that we had to recall Adam camball from loan. Putting a lot of doubt about a new signing before the window shuts. But I could b wrong we signed santon nd Elliot on the 2nd last day so no panic just yet.

    Also I think cabaye needs to play well tomorrow. It’s the least us fans deserve from him. Cause I guarantee one thing: cabaye won’t be as loved at any other club as he is at ours nd I hope he gets that message tomorrow

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  • ochytoon

    Aug 30, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    Comment #16

    Sazzer
    Live down there. Pochettino’s been saying he wants a winger for a while now, they’ve been heavily linked with him and have the funds to make it possible.
    I’d be very surprised if he didn’t go to them.

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  • kt97toonarmy

    Aug 30, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #17

    Well said Graeme

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  • stan anderson

    Aug 30, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #18

    I t seems to me that we ae being abused by these Cockney B——-S and our loyalty to the club is our weaknesss.

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  • kt97toonarmy

    Aug 30, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #19

    Stan Anderson

    If we don’t have loyalty for our team. What do we have?

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  • wynsleap

    Aug 30, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #20

    Graeme @10. That is the most sensible, passionate post I’ve read on here for a very long time.
    It’s nice to know other people are so sickened to the stomach by this unfeeling, uncaring, unambitious owner and the totally inept staff working for him.
    In my opinion anyone who can defend Ashley in ANY way, shape or form should be ashamed to call themselves Toon supporters.
    As your post is so late and will probably not be seen by so many I’d suggest you repeat it ad nauseum for the next few days for the mini ‘accountants’, misguided mystics who ‘understand’ Ashley’s ‘plans’, eternal optimists who think the Financial Fair Play rules will rescue us, bleeding hearts and those who are so pathetically frightened of our owner that they cower behind the sofa in case he may do something catastrophically worse that we all don’t like.

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  • Tinman

    Aug 30, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #21

    If he is worth 10m now then it makes perfect sense… Stupid title.

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  • FatmanJoe

    Aug 30, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #22

    What’s your suggestion for the Ashley problem then wynsleap?

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  • Tommyy

    Aug 30, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #23

    It’s amazing how the vast majority now realise how far we have fallen under Ashley’s reign. It’s the beginning of the end of an era I feel.

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Aug 30, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #24

    graeme

    send it to the chron 🙂

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  • Yohan Kebab

    Aug 30, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #25

    i really want gomis 🙁 just so i can build an absolutely dench fifa team next year with him and bony upfront

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  • FatmanJoe

    Aug 30, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #26

    Tinman, it’s also really bizarre because we are crying out for a very creative player so I too was baffled by the title

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  • banjax

    Aug 30, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #27

    Leaving it late or panicking ?

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  • kevymartins

    Aug 30, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #28

    @Banjax I wouldn’t call it ”leaving it late” I would call it just not giving a sh!t about nufc, we won’t sign any players if cabaye stays, that is a fact. And if we do sell him, we will then have to panic buy and pay over the odds for a poor player just watch.

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  • banjax

    Aug 30, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #29

    Well said Graeme at No 10 !

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  • kt97toonarmy

    Aug 30, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #30

    Graeme

    Wolfs right u might b able to get that into black nd white extra that they sell on a Wednesday u shud give it ago cause we won’t b the only ones who think that’s very passionate and truthful

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  • stan anderson

    Aug 30, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #31

    We have loyalty to our club,thats why the fat man is in control.He knows we will turn up and buy the shirts regardless of what is happening on the pitch

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  • Yohan Kebab

    Aug 30, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #32

    thauvin would be perfect for us at the moment and perfect for him. it takes a certain arrogance to do well at newcastle, to believe in yourself even if the crowd are on your backs, but to absolutely play to them if they are with you

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  • Sazzer

    Aug 30, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #34

    ochytoon
    Wouldn’t Southampton have done that weeks ago?

    Latest heavy linked team was Inter and Roma (but they opted for Ljajic as Lamelas replacement). Villa before Southamption. Liverpool, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, PSG and us before that.

    Liverpool have missed out on a lot of their attacking targets and recently loaned out Assaidi. More linked with Moses at moment but could be them.

    It makes sense if we put in bids for both Thauvin and Boudebouz though on same day after Pardew of said they might be looking in to adding two flair players instead of another striker.

    Gomis look to be on his way though with Lyon lining up Saivet and Khazri.

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  • jeff

    Aug 30, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #35

    Ed, no offense but i think u should reread this article as its very misguided and makes me question whether you follow football.

    A good striker would not have changed the west ham result at all, however a good creative midfielder wouldve turned that game on its head.

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  • kt97toonarmy

    Aug 31, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #36

    As I’ve always been told

    ” there is light at the end of every tunnel”

    Just keep believing in this lads nd one day ed can put a post on about the “Fatman” leaving for good

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  • Sazzer

    Aug 31, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    Comment #37

    Southampton has also being link with taking Moses loan.

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  • kt97toonarmy

    Aug 31, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #38

    Jeff

    I think if we had cabaye nd a new CF wud have had an impact I think against west ham

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  • FatmanJoe

    Aug 31, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    Comment #39

    Very harsh jeff, clearly ed follows football.

    But I agree that we are screaming out for creativity in the middle and would have made the difference against the hammers.

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  • fippy

    Aug 31, 2013 at 12:09 AM

    Comment #40

    Here here Graeme, nicely put.

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