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.
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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