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Newcastle Are Balking On Potential Deal For Winger

7:40 am, Tuesday, January 19th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 13 Comments

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

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.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Florian Thauvin · Loan Moves · Newcastle News · Premier League

13 responses so far ↓

  • 1 nut meg // Jan 19, 2016 at 7:45 AM

    I was going to post this earlier in the year but never got round to it. It’s from new years day and the bit that excited me was the QPR goal, move starts after about 2.10 or so….what a cross from the left!

  • 2 nut meg // Jan 19, 2016 at 7:46 AM


  • 3 Harley // Jan 19, 2016 at 7:48 AM

    Ok here’s one of those “my mate knows someone’ stories.

    A former scout at Newcastle reckons sissoko is home to a club outside the premier league for 33m euros, which is how they’re able to break the transfer record for berahinio.

    Don’t shoot the messenger, I’m just saying what I’ve been told.

  • 4 firebug666 // Jan 19, 2016 at 7:53 AM


    A story this morning is now saying that Chelsea are the new favourites to sign Berahinio.

    Mind the story come from the Standard and my experience of that paper is, it’s no more reliable than the Beno.

  • 5 Spoof // Jan 19, 2016 at 7:55 AM

    Berahino is off to Chelsea

  • 6 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 19, 2016 at 7:58 AM

    Nut meg,
    My internet is playing up today (one of the joys of Malawi) so the video won’t play, but Phillips delivers fantastic crosses, did it regularly in the Prem once ‘Arry left and Ramsey started selecting him every week. He was playing on the right wing against Hull.

    I wanted Phillips in the summer, but the price was far higher, as it was for Austin. QPR are in trouble so they need to get cash asap or they could well fall foul of FFP again.

  • 7 Spoof // Jan 19, 2016 at 7:59 AM

    If Berahino is off to Chelsea then a deal for Remy could be back on

  • 8 Grafton83 // Jan 19, 2016 at 8:00 AM

    £25m for Sissoko, argh, with our league situtation I still don’t think that’s a good idea. End of season by all means, bite your hand off for it but right now £25m is useless if we go down

  • 9 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 19, 2016 at 8:13 AM

    Rumours that there is Russian interest in Remy. If that’s the case he will head there for the wedge.

    As for the Sissoko rumours, will wait and see what happens. It would make more sense though with regards to the club looking at Townsend and Phillips, both right wingers. Not convinced it is the best move unless we have a few more coming in of far better quality than Townsend.

  • 10 OneAlanShearer // Jan 19, 2016 at 8:20 AM

    Buying berahino and townsend gives us options.

    You have to remember any of our players could get injured so it’s not just about who we take out to allow for them to come in.

    We could also get a massive bid for a player and it be too good to turn down.

    We are finally building a proper squad. If we sign them and keep all our best in the summer we will be some team. Competitive at last.

    Both mitrovic and perez are talented players but have not scored enough is the hard fact of it. They can be complimented in the team or rotated. It can only take us forward to have options.

    I am a fan of the side we sent out on Saturday and the spirit in this side is second to none. We have to build on this momentum by beating Watford next. I firmly believe our new players can be the difference to change our fortunes against them….We are due a result.

    Until we are mathematically safe we have to play every match like it could be our last.

    If we switch to Phillips instead of Townsend I see levy regretting that.

    I want townsend for his pace and ability to score from nothing. Berahino I want but if spurs and Chelsea really are after him we could be out of luck.

    A massive transfer window for us.

  • 11 OneAlanShearer // Jan 19, 2016 at 8:21 AM

    25 million will be peanuts if we went down.

  • 12 Sazzer // Jan 19, 2016 at 8:29 AM

    News around for couple of days that Napoli is targeting Sissoko.

    Former scout sounds interesting. If you have any good stories please share.

  • 13 anthc // Jan 19, 2016 at 8:40 AM

    townshend is not worth 14 million in fact, he’s not worth half that. He hasn’t played premier league football for a while and to be fair neither has behrahino. We’ve already overpaid for two French wingers I’d hate to think we do it a third time!

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