Conflicting Reports About Newcastle Signing Florian Thauvin


Newcastle have been linked with Marseilles winger Florian Thauvin over the last week or so, and if you believe the recent news then Newcastle have already bid €15M (£10.7M) for the player, and then things get a little murky.

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Florian Thauvin – confusion on what the situation is

The Star reported yesterday that Newcastle put in an improved bid for Florian Thauvin, from the initial £10.7M bid, and Marseilles accepted the second bid.

But the report by Jason Mellor went on to say that Thauvin did not want to come to Newcastle and turned us down,  as he holds out for a move to north London – to either Arsenal or Tottenham.

Today another report in that same paper – the Star – this time by Ian Murtagh – says that Newcastle remain optimistic about being able to sign Thauvin, and will put in an improved bid in for the player from the initial £10.7M offer in the coming days.

So take your pick as to what’s true – if either one of them is.

Here’s their report on the snub and then their report on it looks good which came out very early today.

The new piece  of news in today’s  report is that the imminent move of Dimitri Payet to West Ham will not affect the move of Thauvin to Newcastle.

It’s always difficult to know which reports have any truth in them during any transfer window and most of them seem to be made up.

But yesterday there was some definite  optimism in the local papers, after we have tied up 28 year-old coach Ian Cathro – which is a bit of a coup for the club.

We expect Steve McClaren to announce his coaching team – maybe even today – with most reports saying Ian will come in as the assistant manager – and who knows we may even get a new player in before training starts next Wednesday.

Comments welcome.



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101 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 26, 2015 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #1

    Ashley Out !

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  • lesh

    Jun 26, 2015 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #2

    Gwan Jail. Shove it up ’em. They don’t like it, …….

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  • LooneyToon41

    Jun 26, 2015 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #3

    Didn’t the ‘Star’ once report that Elvis had been found alive… on the moon?
    I’d prefer the money spent on Charlie Austin if I had a choice!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 26, 2015 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #4

    We definitely need a winger, if we could shift Obertron we could do with two. Unfortunately Aarons seems to have injury problems, so if we could bring in a right winger and another that could play either it would be a nice healthy competition for places.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 26, 2015 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #5

    I wonder if the board having two football people on it now might have more sway in convincing whoever that giving a sh1t crock a five year deal on low wages is no more cost effective than paying a top player the going rate on a three or four year deal.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 26, 2015 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #6

    What is Cabellas true position ?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 26, 2015 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #7

    I don’t know why Sameobi is being offered a new deal, surely SM has to see him first before that decision is made.

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  • LooneyToon41

    Jun 26, 2015 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #8

    From French Football Weekly about Thauvin :-

    “Newspaper L’Equipe announced at the end of the season that his disappointing season had earned him a place on their worst team of the season, made up of their average ratings throughout the campaign. There is no way he was the worst, but it gives an idea of how much he has failed to live up to the promise and expectation.”

    Hmmm.. doesn’t sound too good to be honest!

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  • OneAlanShearer

    Jun 26, 2015 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #9

    Hopefully Cathro will know of some quality bargains in the spanish league. Id love to have a decent playmaker from spain. A little known player like michu was as well.

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  • geordieboy83

    Jun 26, 2015 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #10

    Looney toon

    Wouldn’t read too much into that mate, had a discussion last night and mario goetze was voted flop of the season in germany and he aint a bad player

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  • BrightonMag

    Jun 26, 2015 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #11

    Ed – This is the Star we’re talking about…everything they print is utter shite

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 26, 2015 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #12

    OAS,
    No doubt he will, if only he could recommend a coach to take over PB to bring them on. I understand that Beardo needs to have some role at tge club but surely now it’s time to put everything right.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 26, 2015 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #13

    has cathro actually being confirmed as the number 2 or just part o the backroom team? I would hate to see Simpson become number 2 ahead of cathro.

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  • croftus5678

    Jun 26, 2015 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #14

    @4 jfa

    agree.
    thuivin is a two sided winger and is very fast and tricky and also very strong but he’s not the worlds best and has been greatly over rated imo.

    still though he is still learning the game and still of prem standards and a hell of a lot better than obertan so imo perfect to cover both wings if we can get him for around the 12mil mark as he’s sure to go up in value.

    i would start rolando on left and thuivin on right and use cabella as impact unless of injury then stick cabella on right and thuivin on left.

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  • croftus5678

    Jun 26, 2015 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #15

    @13 rotonda

    i dont think anyone has been confirmed yet mate but everyone is reporting like the deals done ! even sky ect who i normally believe.

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jun 26, 2015 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #16

    @Jail

    The club has to offer a contract to Sammy otherwise teams will get him for free whereas now they will have to negotiate with us for compensation

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 26, 2015 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #17

    Rotonda,
    Nothing is conformed. Still just media reports on all fronts.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 26, 2015 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #18

    Rotonda,
    Should it really make a difference as long as he’s part of the set up and has a big say.

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  • jazzyp

    Jun 26, 2015 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #20

    The injury list does not make for pretty reading and makes you wonder why we are consistently at the top end of the injury league season in season out.
    unlucky….may be ??

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  • martoon

    Jun 26, 2015 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #21

    I actually know Ian Murtagh (his son & my son are mates) and he is quite well connected and has a lot of contacts at NUFC. Even though it is the Star I could believe there is some fact in the story.

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 26, 2015 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #22

    I remember the uselessness of the previous Thauvin shenanigans. I have a feeling this will all pan out the same way. I think we should take the hint.

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  • toonincheek

    Jun 26, 2015 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #23

    I recall reading that match teams were selected baed on who had performed best in training during the week. I reckon this had the effect of players giving their all in training, at the expense of sustaining injuries.

    Does anyone have any figures on how many injuries were sustained during training compared with those sustained during actual matches?

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  • geordie157

    Jun 26, 2015 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #24

    I’m surprised we haven’t been linked with Vadillo of Betis, not sure if they gained promotion back to La Liga, but he’s been listed as an exciting prospect for a few seasons now.

    With Cathro coming in (if confirmed) i wonder if we’d have any chance of getting Fegouhli (cant spell that one) or even more ambitious Alcacer

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 26, 2015 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #25

    toonincheek,
    Interesting theory that mind.

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  • lesh

    Jun 26, 2015 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #26

    Jail

    Having sufficient quality players to compete for places is a luxury that Ashley’s original ‘Purples’ business model wouldn’t allow.

    However, as the finances seem to be in better shape these days, let’s hope McClaren can coax him to seeing the sense of having sufficient ‘Purples’ to encourage competition for places. That coupled with additional payments based on games played could help encourage it.

    They know it makes sense…. maybe but probably not.

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  • richyg01

    Jun 26, 2015 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #27

    Anything from the club yet about the new coaching team?

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  • optimistic prime

    Jun 26, 2015 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #28

    Jib

    How amusing, my post wasn’t aimed at you. However if the cap fits.

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  • Jib

    Jun 26, 2015 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #29

    Richy
    Nothing from the club about coaches yet
    In fact the latest article from 2 days ago seems
    to hint at Willo staying
    http://www.nufc.co.uk/page/News/LatestNewsIndex

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 26, 2015 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #30

    lesh,
    The ‘noises’ coming out of the club seem like it’s heading in a different direction despite the lack of transfer activity, but before I, for one start getting carried away, you have to remember that we are dealing with proven liars and masters of spin. Only very recently they told one of their most publicily loyal lickspittle he had a job in the new order before getting rid.

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  • optimistic prime

    Jun 26, 2015 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #31

    JFA

    On Sammy, IMO the club only offered him a contract as that makes them eligible for compo. Not contract offer no compo.

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  • Jib

    Jun 26, 2015 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #32

    Lesh
    I could be wrong but , I think the purples concept was solely Llambias’s

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  • AndyJ2k

    Jun 26, 2015 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #33

    The Daily Star talk a load of bollocks….

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 26, 2015 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #34

    OP,
    What happens if he signs it though, even if it’s shite, we’re stuck with him.

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  • hibbit

    Jun 26, 2015 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #35

    very quiet on here….. looks like the trolls are winning

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 26, 2015 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #36

    Jib,
    I could be wrong but I think the purples was solely Mike Ashleys idea !

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 26, 2015 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #37

    The idea of players being selected for match day solely on training performance is stupidly simplistic so I hope that wasn’t true. Playing against team mates knowing their style, strengths and weaknesses, week in week out, is no indicator of how they fare against the unknown (largely) quantity of the opposing team they face on match day. IF that was the method employed, no wonder we had so many injuries and such poor team selections every week for who knows how long.

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  • jazzyp

    Jun 26, 2015 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #38

    Martoon

    may be there is some truth in the story, But why make Thauvin priority signing when other positions are more concerning as we all know.
    If we are willing to pay handsomely for this kid. Surely Austin or any CF would take priority first and foremost

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 26, 2015 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #39

    Hibbit I think it’s quiet because they aren’t, mate! it’s mostly footy talk, until Mr T and Blackley get back into it that is :

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  • croftus5678

    Jun 26, 2015 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #40

    @33 jfa

    it’ll be a deal that we can not lose on that even a championship club can easily afford his wages so we can just ship him out on loan if needs be and they will have all kinds of clauses in it that only an idiot would sign it.

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