There are reports in France that Marseilles winger Florian Thauvin has been given permission to travel to Newcastle tomorrow morning, after terms have finally been agreed between Newcastle and Marseilles for his transfer.
Those terms are £12M (€17M) and include Remy Cabella going for a season long loan to Marseilles, with the French club having an option to buy the French International, who had a tough time of it on Tyneside last season.
Florian Thauvin – to sign six year deal
We had hoped Remy Cabella would be given more time at Newcastle to prove himself, but it doesn’t look like that will happen.
The French reports say that Florian will be offered a six year deal, and will discuss terms with the club, but usually when players fly in for the medical, everything has usually been agreed to beforehand – so basically he will come in for a medical before signing along the dotted line.
The wages offered are said to be around €3M a year – which is £2.1M/year – around £40K/week – good money if you can get it.
Newcastle have been after the French U21 International since he was at Bastia before he moved to Lille in January, 2013, and Graham Carr has tracked him all this time, and it looks like his efforts will come to fruition tomorrow.
It seems that Steve McClaren was also keen on getting Florin to Newcastle, and we tried a few times earlier in the summer, but at that time head coach Marcelo Bielsa blocked the move.
However with Bielsa having resigned last weekend, it has left the door open for Newcastle to get their man.
Other terms of the agreement being reported are that Marseilles have the option to buy Remy Cabella for €8M – around £5.6M – presumably if the French International does well on loan.
Other news in London tonight are that Newcastle are having second thoughts on Charlie Austin, and they are still not willing to pay out the £15M for the 26 year-old striker, but surely we need defenders brought in before September rather than another striker?
But this deal for Thauvin will be a good one as far as Newcastle fans are concerned, and the lad is a gifted player and hopefully he can settle in quickly at Newcastle.
We’d be a lot happier if a top defender comes through the door in the next two weeks, and we have been linked today with Monaco’s Aymen Abdennour, who would be a great buy if we can get him.