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Marseille Could Now Make Permanent Bid For Thauvin

The Guardian is reporting that Tottenham are getting close to signing Marseille winger Georges-Kevin Nkoudou for around £11M and this could have some implications for Newcastle winger Florian Thauvin.

Marseille’s finances are not in good shape and they just missed going into administration (also known as bankruptcy) earlier this month by selling striker Michy Batshuayi to Chelsea for a massive £33M on July 3rd.

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Florian Thauvin training in Ireland last week

And the sale of Georges-Kevin Nkoudou should further improve their financial situation,  so much so that they may be able to spend around £11M to buy Florian Thauvin back from Newcastle.

Newcastle seem willing to take a loss of a couple of million on the 23 year-old Frenchman, who we bought from Marseilles last August for around £13M, but he failed miserably last season and went back on loan to the French club in January.

Florian ended up playing 13 games for Newcastle with one goal and 3 assists, but they all came in the League Cup tie against League Two side Northampton Town.

Florian has been training well at Newcastle since July 1st and scored a goal in Newcastle’s 6-0 win at Bohemian in Dublin on Saturday afternoon.

And today Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez had this to say about Florian’s obvious qualities:

“All of them did well, but he has quality.” “He can score goals and get assists and I always knew that.”

“Now it is a question of him and the others of continuing to work and giving their best in every training session.”

“After that, we can decide what we do.”

There is news in France today from various sources that Marseille are now interested in bringing Florian back to the French club on a  permanent basis.

Marseille had earlier struggled to come up with a decent loan proposal to Newcastle to take Florian back on a season long loan deal, but their finances have now improved significantly.

The 23 year-old has been training well and showed good form on Saturday for Newcastle in his short sub appearance in Dublin.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • cyprus

    Jul 18, 2016 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #1

    Keep him

  • jimmysmith

    Jul 18, 2016 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #2

    This is a very talented player that by rights should flourish in the second tier of English football under Benitez and come up ready for EPL football, when previously he clearly wasn’t, at least not for us, in such a shambolic state we were. Don’t sell, and certainly not if you’re selling Widjnaldum.

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jul 18, 2016 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #3


    Im not so sure. There was a serious lack of leadership throughout the squad and our injuries were horrendous as usual. CB and Striker was not sanctioned which we needed in January. I was happy we spent but in hindsight it cost us. I don’t think we would of been relegated but I doubt we would of got into a euro spot with the problems running through the club. The whole club was rotten right through to the younger sides.

    They are on the mend now though, im cautiously optimistic for this and next season as long as he is backed fully. He does seem to have full say over who he wants and needs.

  • Belfast

    Jul 18, 2016 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #4

    I wouldn’t bank on it. That club is always pleading poverty despite selling players all the time lol

  • jimmysmith

    Jul 18, 2016 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #5

    TP, I think a better manager than McC would have had a far better impact on the morale of the group, which was in a sad and sorry state from the start up to the time Rafa arrived and then was quickly turned around, and also a better manager would have almost certainly overseen a more pragmatic mid season window. McC never got the CB and striker he argued for, and you’d think a better manager would have. Last seasons group was unfinished, but there was still immense quality in it even from the start.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jul 18, 2016 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #6

    Wijnaldum , Sissoko and Thauvin cant be allowed to leave if we dont have replacements !

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jul 18, 2016 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #7

    I don’t think Thauvin ever looked like settling. Bad signing, suspect attidude. It’s even been reported he would take a wage cut to leave. Don’t think he likes Newcastle at all.

  • Our Toon

    Jul 18, 2016 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #8


    Even if we have replacements for Gini sissoko and thauvin they are only going to be good enough for the championship. These players have contracts and we seem to be the only club that will sell instead of digging our heels in. They got us relegated now they have no choice but to stay and get us back up…..if they do that they can leave. Simple

  • jimmysmith

    Jul 18, 2016 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #9

    Injuries have killed us off though. They have been central to our downfall. Not upgrading that 3gg pitch before now, seems in hindsight appalling mismanagement of expensive and immensely critical assets.

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jul 18, 2016 at 10:51 PM

    Comment #10


    I don’t doubt the quality within the squad (when they were available mind). I just think there was alot more problems aswell as a manager which needed correcting. The club was a shambles. Manager, Squad, policies, leadership, experience, facilities. Rafa is quickly going about correcting the problems and adding some much needed balance, leadership and experience to the squad. Shifting out the deadwood. Upgrading facilities etc.

    Reet, it’s time to chill out and watch a good film. That’s enough blogging from me today.

    Enjoy lads.

  • jimmysmith

    Jul 18, 2016 at 10:54 PM

    Comment #11

    Yes, certainly there is a job of work to be done at the club, even if a top manager had been put in place this time last year.

  • Blofal

    Jul 18, 2016 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #12

    I have a feeling Aaron’s is going to thrive this year then leave us. Last year of his contract so I think we need to stitch him up with a new one by the next window.

    Btw he is not injured he just had cramp.

  • BeeGuy

    Jul 19, 2016 at 12:53 AM

    Comment #13

    With Wini, Janmatt, Sissoka and Krul leaving, Benitez has some big holes to fill. NUFC can be promoted, but the task will be harder.


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