Newcastle’s pursuit for Florian Thauvin of Marseilles is ongoing and seemingly relentless, as Newcastle’s head coach Steve McClaren sees him as an important player for Newcastle in the future, and McClaren is a big admirer of the French U21 International (10 games 7 goals).
And given we know chief scout Graham Carr has kept tabs on him for three years, then when both men are keen on a player there’s a very good likelihood we will get him.
Newcastle have already had one bud rebuffed by Marseilles who don’t want to sell Florian since they have already lost Andre Ayew, Andre-Pierre Gignac and Dimitri Payet this summer.
Florian Thauvin – Newcastle till want him
Thauvin cost Marseilles €15M (£10.5M) when signed from Lille in the summer of 2013 and Newcastle are willing to match that offer and exceed it, and they will keep trying to get this player into the club over the six weeks left of the transfer window.
But the news that Remy Cabella will be offered in part exchange was always a non-starter because Remy has had only one season in England, and though he struggled, Steve McClaren wants to take a good look at him and see if we he can get the very best out of the likable and talented young Frenchman.
Remy Cabella is certainly not a lost cause at Newcastle and could still come good.
And the fact that he is injured and possibly out for two months makes any deal difficult in the summer in any case.
Newcastle have done well so far in this transfer window, but there are still some big signings planned, with one of them being a top class center-back.
And another is Florian Thauvin, because Steve McClaren wants him at the club and the head coach already seems to be having a big say in the Newcastle transfers this summer.
From what we can tell, that seems to be turning out very nicely.