French newspaper L’Equipe is reporting today that Florian Thauvin has agreed personal terms with Marseille for a return to the club this month on loan – and he has had to take a pay cut to make it affordable for the French club.
But Newcastle have also got to be very careful on who they allow to leave this month, because we have a massive fight in front of us with relegation and are now 3rd bottom after Swansea beat Watford 1-0 last night at the Liberty stadium.
Florian Thauvin wants away
Newcastle are also negotiating with Shanghai Shenhua for the transfer of Cheick Tiote and that looks like it will go through probably this week.
So there´s an experienced player who could help us in the run-in, in case of injuries and/or loss of form who we are allowing to leave.
That´s risky business and if we are relegated it will be one of the deals made this month that those leading Newcastle will have to explain to their fans.
We know Steve McClaren wants to keep Cheick through the end of the season.
Newcastle have to loosen up some places in their Premier League list of 25 players of course, but again Newcastle have to be extremely careful who they let go.
Newcastle have a bad habit of not thinking through various possible scenarios before they let players go in January transfer windows.
Thauvin can only play for Marseille or Newcastle for the rest of the season, because he has already played for two clubs and cannot play for a third club in one season.
Newcastle are quite rightly balking on the move until we can bring in another winger as a replacement and Andros Townsend us our number one target.
The news yesterday was that QPR winger Matt Phillips is a possible back-up if Spurs Chairman Daniel Levy will not lower his asking price of £14M for Townsend.
The deal will simply be a loan deal but for the young Frenchman to leave when Newcastle are in dire straights means it´s very unlikely he will want to return to Newcastle this summer.
We could also lose some big money on the winger too, although another loan deal could be agreed for next season, but we will have a difficult job to get back near the £12M we paid out for him last summer.
Newcastle could still demand that Thauvin stay at Newcastle, although L´Equipe and other French papers reporting on the situation seems to think it ´s almost a done deal.
Marseille will have to pay some of the player´s wages and also a loan fee to Newcastle for the deal to go through.
It seems the young winger is completely overwhelmed by trying to come to terms with playing in England while at the same time Newcastle are in a huge fight with relegation.
It´s all new stuff for the 22 year-old and he seems to be finding it very difficult to cope.