Newcastle Reported Close To Signing French Winger


There’s a report in the Mirror today that the paper is calling an exclusive.  that Newcastle will be signing long term target Florian Thauvin of Marseilles this coming week.

But after watching the 2-0 defeat at Swansea on Saturday afternoon, Newcastle’s defense is sill the big weakness,  and we need to bring reinforcements in over the next couple of weeks.

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Florian Thauvin – coming to Newcastle?

The Mirror report says nothing particularly new, other than they understand Newcastle are very close to getting a deal with Marseilles to sign the player, who we have been after for a few years now.

If previous news is to be believed then Newcastle have had a bid of £12M turned down by his club, and Marseilles want £15M.

The Mirror is reporting that Thauvin wants to join Newcastle, and that has helped in Newcastle’s pursuit of the player.

We assume a deal can be struck at a price somewhere between £12M and £15M, and the deal is said to be done this coming week.

There will be doubts among Newcastle fans after today’s failings in the first half at Swansea where again we conceded far too easily, and there was indiscipline in the side with Daryl Janmaat being sent off for two yellow cards in the 41st minute.

It brought back memories of John Carver’s short but disastrous reign on Tyneside this year, and that’s not good.

But it would be wrong to over-react to one game – and it’s only our second game of the season.

The fact the team we drew 2-2 with last week – Southampton – were beaten 3-0 at home by Everton didn’t help things either.

We all have to wait until we get a lot more games played,  before we can see how good the team is that Steve McClaren is trying to build.

But one thing is clear, we need more players brought in before September 1st.

Comments welcome.


112 comments so far

  • Belfast

    Aug 15, 2015 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #1

    Waste of money no thanks.

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  • Belfast

    Aug 15, 2015 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #2

    Could maybe understand it if he had a good season but he was crap.

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  • lochinvar

    Aug 15, 2015 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #3

    Well that’s good news I think but hardly a surprise.
    And if Austin or Rolan turned up they wouldn’t be surprises either.
    So McLaren where is the much promised Surprise ? In a Kinder egg. ?

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  • stan anderson

    Aug 15, 2015 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #4

    Hope he is better than the other Frenchies we have already.

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  • Belfast

    Aug 15, 2015 at 11:53 PM

    Comment #5

    Stan according to the blog chat he was world class. Watched him last season expecting him to be brilliant and he was piss poor. Haha

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  • stan anderson

    Aug 15, 2015 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #6

    Happy days supporting the TOON haha.50 years at least and still the same old stories nothing changes.

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  • Bri

    Aug 15, 2015 at 11:57 PM

    Comment #7

    Is he better than Obertan? Is he as good as Ginola once was?

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  • stan anderson

    Aug 15, 2015 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #8

    God bless you all.I give up now.

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  • banjax

    Aug 15, 2015 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #9

    Nothing wrong with Flauvin. God knows we have been tracking him long enough. Would expect us to sign two more defenders though, a midfield and a forward before the window shuts. No doubt there will be a few leaving too. Let’s hope we get all the business wrapped up soon because all the newbies will need time to get acquainted.

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  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Aug 16, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #10

    We need a CB and Forward not another winger

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  • lochinvar

    Aug 16, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #11

    A HUGE question mark continues to hang over the future of Chelsea club doctor Eva Carneiro after it emerged she was absent from a key meeting with the club’s medical staff called by Jose Mourinho on Thursday to discuss the future strategy with regard to injured players.

    Clearly she needs to resign and claim constructive dismissal and sue the hell out of Chelsea and their little minded manager.
    Now can she be our surprise signing ? Could even be part time and work at the RVI as well .

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  • toon kk

    Aug 16, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #12

    He looks a light weight, just more speculation anyway.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Aug 16, 2015 at 12:02 AM

    Comment #13

    The niftiest footwork so far this season has been from ol permed hair. not playing in any of the pre season games – to allow him to be assessed correctly. As such Wally probably didn’t realise he’s going downhill – and was blagged into giving him an extension.
    Very poor display today -even before Janmaat was sent off. The warning bells have been sounded and there’s a fortnight to the end of the widow – will they buy or gamble.
    Personally think they’ll get another two -of what standard who knows.

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  • Noel Worst

    Aug 16, 2015 at 12:02 AM

    Comment #14

    NEIN NEIN NEIN NEIN!

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  • jimmysmith

    Aug 16, 2015 at 12:05 AM

    Comment #15

    Don’t think we need anymore untested starlets.

    Newcastle have something like the seventh or eighth most valuable squad and wage bill. No way should this group of players and coaches find themselves in the bottom third. We’ve had decent players year in year out, but lacked depth.

    This squad looks better equipped on paper, but we do have a LOT of players who remain unproven. Cabella, Aarons, Obertan, Haidarra, Dummett, Mitrovic, Perez, De Jong, Mbemba, Riviera, Wijnaldum, Anita are not accomplished in the EPL. That’s a massive group, and of the established players, there are a number with injury and consistency concerns.

    The club does take risks in the transfer market, banking on young and untested but gifted players. I like the look of the players we have, but they come with no guarantees, which of course does indicate that it all going to hell in a hand basket is still possible.

    We need some established bankable signings, if we do elect to buy further.

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  • Offkey

    Aug 16, 2015 at 12:05 AM

    Comment #16

    Lochinvar- she will have to do it quickly…..or at least be kicking up a stick internally with grievances or she will have been seen to have accepted the apparent breach of contract……Therefore no constructive dismissql

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  • Polarboy

    Aug 16, 2015 at 12:08 AM

    Comment #17

    For those complaining what would you rather, him or Obertan. From what I’ve seen he’s decent on set pieces and that’s what we need.

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  • BeeGuy

    Aug 16, 2015 at 12:08 AM

    Comment #18

    We need Mbemba II and somebody with more attacking and passing threat than Colbeck or Anita.
    There are some very good players in this squad, and if they were augmented this window, things could be hopping.

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  • SuperShearer

    Aug 16, 2015 at 12:10 AM

    Comment #19

    Lot of overreacting here. We lost away to a team that will probably challenge for Europe this season. We had a man sent off in the first half. Does our defence need work? Yes, we’ve known it a long time but it’s needed work since as long as I can remember. In fact I can’t remember a time when NUFC didn’t need better defenders. We had a terrible pre-season and there was little anyone could do about it. They need to bring in a decent, commanding centre back and if they do then it will be a good window and a promising season. Give it some time, we always knew it was going to be a tough start with these fixtures.

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  • toon22

    Aug 16, 2015 at 12:10 AM

    Comment #20

    Yeh..

    CBs that cant defend headers,FBs that cant stop them coming in.
    Strikers that are mental or simply not interested.
    A DM thats not upto it

    Solution??

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  • Ravostag

    Aug 16, 2015 at 12:13 AM

    Comment #21

    We need defenders not wingers or strikers. We probably do as well but not as vital as as a CB or FB

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  • Magpie Season

    Aug 16, 2015 at 12:14 AM

    Comment #22

    Well I didn’t think as a Newcastle United supporter it was possible to hate Sunderland even more, but I bet $30 for them to win on a draw no bet mind, at very good odds still.

    They deserve to be relegated.

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  • Belfast

    Aug 16, 2015 at 12:15 AM

    Comment #23

    Polarboy he was in Lequipes worst team of the season.

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  • toon kk

    Aug 16, 2015 at 12:15 AM

    Comment #24

    Carr and his scouting is past it. We need a fresh approach

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  • tooneytunes

    Aug 16, 2015 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #25

    Personally I’d rather have some pace in our side upfront, we showed today how one dimensional we were today

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  • Belfast

    Aug 16, 2015 at 12:18 AM

    Comment #26

    Divock Origi has been named by L’Equipe in their “worst Ligue 1 team” of the season for 2014/15. Origi has an average rating of 4.46 for the season, and the Belgian forward, along with Marseille’s Florian Thauvin, was also named in the list of most overrated players this season in Ligue 1.

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  • toon22

    Aug 16, 2015 at 12:19 AM

    Comment #27

    Colo will face a whole season with opposition strikers out jumping him.
    He needs moving to DM or the bench.
    If he is going to stay as a CB he needs FBs stopping the crosses.

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  • Belfast

    Aug 16, 2015 at 12:20 AM

    Comment #28

    Not someone you should be paying 12-15 million for in my opinion. Especially when the premier league is far superior as Remy Cabella found out.

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  • croftus5678

    Aug 16, 2015 at 12:20 AM

    Comment #29

    janmaat had a very poor game today !
    so did hairdryer as he’s not the best defender is he ?
    colo also was poor but we all pretty much know this anyways.

    what i did notice though was krul ! his lack of coming out as he could/should have easily come out and caught the ball for one of the goals ! which got me thinking is he a major factor in our very leaky defence from headed goals ?

    time for darlow/elliott to have a run i think to put my mind at ease and mbemba is clearly our best cb now we need someone to go with him now ! every other team in the league can concede less and that includes the champ’s sides.

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  • toon kk

    Aug 16, 2015 at 12:24 AM

    Comment #30

    Toony
    Ive been saying that we need pace for a long time. We’re so predictable and the whole team is so limited

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  • Polarboy

    Aug 16, 2015 at 12:25 AM

    Comment #31

    @Belfast. He still managed to score 5 and set up 8 so if that’s a bad season for him he can’t be that bad. There’s been a lot of unrest at Marseilles and he is generally well rated by most.

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  • Bri

    Aug 16, 2015 at 12:29 AM

    Comment #32

    When you are playing one upfront Cisse is not the answer.
    You need someone who is strong,gets stuck in, can hold the ball up,bring others into play,has pace and is able to beat a man. That’s my idea of a lone striker.

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  • toon kk

    Aug 16, 2015 at 12:33 AM

    Comment #33

    Beats me how people can vote for our best player when we didn’t have one.

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  • Offkey

    Aug 16, 2015 at 12:34 AM

    Comment #34

    Don’t know much about the guy….Dennis wise scouting only, so can’t properly judge, what I saw was that he may well be used as an inverted winger…….sick of those now, want some good crosses that hit mitrovic”s head

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  • will die for the toon army

    Aug 16, 2015 at 12:35 AM

    Comment #35

    We need a CB, RB and LB. end of story

    Winger and Striker we have plenty no thanks. If we get Thauvin I will undermine Mcca’s intelligence.

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  • Shaker Shakrah

    Aug 16, 2015 at 12:35 AM

    Comment #36

    ” We all have to wait until we get a lot more games played, before we can see how good the team is that Steve McClaren is trying to build. ”

    Hmmmm you mean after the window closes ?!
    Just don’t talk crap please

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  • G.mc

    Aug 16, 2015 at 12:36 AM

    Comment #37

    I’ve just seen florian that in on you tube turned it off half wat through absolute rubbish he’s nowhere near worth 15m Jean-Paul Boetius much better player for that kind of money that’s who we should sign

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  • Offkey

    Aug 16, 2015 at 12:37 AM

    Comment #38

    Someone mentioned Gillespie the other day….I would take a carbon copy……even with the falling over every time

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  • jimmysmith

    Aug 16, 2015 at 12:38 AM

    Comment #39

    I also think we need to get Tiote, De Jong, Aarons, Peres, Cabella and Mitrovic more game time too, to get them match fit, to increase compettiion for places and instil some urgency into a side that does need to find another gear.

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  • dean021082

    Aug 16, 2015 at 12:39 AM

    Comment #40

    We need not panic.
    Two games in and let’s be fair, we expected to lose against a quality Swansea side away and last weeks point against a top 8 side was welcomed. It is going to be 8 teams such as Watford, Leicester, west Brom, Norwich, and Sunderland we will be expected to beat to stay in the league. I can see some of our players coming good in the next wife’s weeks such as Cabella who potentially is quality on the ball, wij and De Jong will give us the creativity we need and cisse goals record speaks for it self.
    We need to stick with Mbemba and try Williamson for his heading ability. Play Anita at left back and go flat 4222′ sissoko and colback sitting with De Jong and Wij playing the number 10 roles. Cisse up top with either Cabella or Perez tip toeing around him. We will finish 8-12 but let’s not panic.

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