Newcastle United are reported to be still interested in signing Florian Thauvin, even though a £12M bid by the Magpies was turned down by Marseilles, who are said to value their winger at £15M.
That’s not a huge gap to close, so maybe a slightly higher bid by Newcastle could still clinch the deal, although Tottenham are now said to also be interested.
Florian Thauvin – Newcastle £3M short of Marseilles valuation
The Mirror are again saying Newcastle could use Remy Cabella as a makeweight in the deal for Thauvin – but we think that has no chance of happening at all.
Newcastle are also said to be trying to close the deal this week for Charlie Austin of QPR, who has said he wants to join Newcastle.
The only sticking point is (still) the fee, with Newcastle willing to give Haris Vuckic in part exchange along with cool cash.
The three man FA committee will meet tomorrow to consider giving a Governing Body Endorsement (GBE) for Chancel Mbemba, which is required in order for the Anderlecht center-back to obtain his visa.
Everything else has been agreed, the fee and the compensation to the player – and Mbemba had taken his medical – so we assume he has passed it, otherwise that would have made news.
The deal could be announced on Friday.
And finally, Newcastle are also favorites to sign 19 year-old Northampton striker Ivan Toney, who we have been linked with for a number of weeks now.
Newcastle have opened negotiations for the young striker and the fee will probably be around £500K with add-ons, depending on how well Toney does at Newcastle.
If we do sign Toney it wouldn’t be too surprising if Newcastle loan him out for the season to get first team games and continue learning his trade.
Northampton boss Chris Wilder has said this about the potential deal:
“Every party has to sort their own part of the deal out.”
So there are four players Newcastle are in the process of trying to sign that we know of – and three of them are for the first team squad.
We assume we can get Mbemba through the door by the end of the week, but it would also be nice to get Charlie and Florian in before the season starts on August 9th.
It doesn’t seem Newcastle are too far off on the fee in both cases.