French Newspaper L`Equipe and local Marseille paper La Provence are both reporting today that Florian Thauvin could be headed to France and back to former club Marseille, after what has been a disastrous move for him to Newcastle United – orchestrated by Chief Scout Graham Carr.
He was signed for an inflated price of about £12M after he had a poor season in France – but Newcastle still overpaid for him.
Florian Thauvin – returning to Marseille?
The French papers are reporting that negotiations are ongoing for Thauvin to return to his former club on a loan deal to the end of the season, after he has failed to settle and is not getting regular football on Tyneside.
Maybe Newcastle can use this as a means of getting a player from Marseille in return on loan – maybe Michy Batshuayi?
It looks like it’s Florian himself who is trying to force the move back to France and he just hasn’t fitted in at Newcastle and doesn’t seem to want to try to do that any longer.
It would be up to Steve McClaren to decide whether he will allow the Frenchman to leave, after all he is still acclimatizing to the Premier League and if he can do that he would be a better player for it.
It looks like Marseille are willing to do the deal and we have to believe Thauvin’s agent has been in contact with the French club before now, testing the waters to see if they would be willing to do a deal.
Newcastle are said to be coming up with an answer today to the young Frenchman – and we wouldn’t be surprised is they let him return to France.
But then in the summer Newcastle could stand to lose quite a bit on the player because no club would be willing to give £12M to Newcastle for a player who has failed in England.
It looks like it’s been a poor deal for everybody concerned.
We were always asking the question why did Newcastle think this deal would work after a similar player to Thauvin in both physique and style – Remy Cabella – had failed last season?
We should hear more about this today.
It didn’t help anybody or anything when fans booed the young Frenchman during the end of the game at Watford that we lost 1-0 in the 3rd round of the FA Cup.
It’s been a poor deal made by Graham Carr – that’s for sure.