The Mail is reporting that Newcastle have bid for Marseilles winger Florian Thauvin, a long term target, and the initial bid has been rejected by his club.
It seems that the bid was €15M was the bid and that converts to about £10.65M for the 22 year-old winger, and that’s a decent bid to Marseilles who are suffering some financial difficulties.
Florian Thauvin – €15M bid turned down
The Mail suggests that the French club want another €3M – that’s about £2.1M – so we hope Newcastle will go back in with an improved offer, and not turn away like they’ve done in the past.
€15M was what Marseilles paid to Lille for the player two years ago with bonuses, so it looked like they want more than that to sell to Newcastle United.
A deal could probably be made between the two figures so maybe a bid of €16.5M would get the job done – that would be around £11.7M – which isn’t exactly cheap – but Thauvin is a very good young player, who could improve on Tyneside.
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.
That fee is a lot higher than most people expected from Newcastle, since Marseilles need to sell players before the end of the month because of some reported financial pressures at the French club.
Florian would be a great signing for Newcastle, so we hope Newcastle will not simply walk away – as they’ve done before in these types of situations.
The assumption is the four man Board of Lee Charnley, Steve McClaren, Graham Carr and Bob Moncur have been given a transfer kitty by Mike Ashley, and it’s up to them as to which players come through the door and how much they pay for them.
Lee Charnley is the lead guy in these transfer windows in terms of the finances.
We hope Newcastle can still bring Thauvin into the club.
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