Newcastle are trying hard to bring in their first signing this week, and we are (as usual) linked with a lot of players, but Goal are reporting today that two players they are wanting to sign this week are 23 year-old Schalke center-back Joel Maltip and 22 year-old Marseilles midfielder Florian Thauvin.
Talks are said to be ongoing for both players, and since Newcastle have been linked with these players a few times over this last week – maybe the reports are even true?
Joel Maltip – Schalke center-back
If Newcastle can sign Maltip for around £10M or less, that would be an excellent deal for the 6’4″ center-back, who’s played for Cameroon 26 times, and it would add some steel to the Magpies defense.
Matip made his first team debut for Schalke way back in November of 2009 as an 18 year-old against Bayern Munich, and since then he’s appeared 211 times for the German club with 18 goals.
He is also a versatile player and can also play in defensive midfield just as well as he can in central defense.
The price quoted for Maltip was initially quoted at around £10M, but with just one year left on his contract, the negotiated fee could be as low as £6M, according to Goal.
Chief Scout Graham Carr has been (very) keen on Thauvin for a number of years now, and he’s a really good technical player and fans would just love him at Newcastle.
Florian Thauvin – 22 year-old Marseilles midfielder
He’s the type of signing that would create some excitement on Tyneside.
And since Marseilles are short of money and have to sell some players this month to pay their bills at the end of June, Newcastle could potentially get him for a very good price.
And that’s especially true when Newcastle pay their transfer fees up front in full and in cool cash.
Thauvin moved from Bastia to Lille two years ago last January for a low fee of around £3M, but then without ever kicking a ball for Lille he moved that summer to Marseilles on a five year contract with the fee being a huge £10.5M.
Thauvin played 38 games last season for Marseilles with 5 goals and 8 assists, and in his two years at the French club he’s played 79 games with 15 goals and 14 assists.
Newcastle could maybe get Thauvin in for around £7M this summer, but he was put on very good wages to move to Marseilles, so Newcastle will have to be able to match those high wages.
It would be terrific if we can get these two in this week and under £15M for the two would be very good business for the club.
But Newcastle must have some success soon in the transfer market, and at least one player must come in this week.
Players will report back for pre-season training in stages starting next week.