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.
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.
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.