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Florian Thauvin Gets His Wish – A Return To Marseille

It was reported earlier today by France Football that Newcastle and Marseille had agreed to a loan deal for Florian Thauvin – so the 23 year-old winger can return to his former club.

And shortly after Newcastle announced the deal as being official.

The loan deal comes with an obligation to buy if Florian plays a certain number of first team games for the French club – so we suppose the permanent transfer could happen in January.

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Florian Thauvin – playing in Dublin in pre-season

This is what Newcastle have out on the web-site:

Florian Thauvin has returned to Marseille on a season-long loan, with the French club having an obligation to make the move permanent.

The 23-year-old arrived on Tyneside from Marseille 12 months ago, but headed back to the Stade Velodrome in January on loan for the remainder of the 2015/16 campaign.

Returning to the North-East this summer, Thauvin featured in four of United’s five pre-season friendlies but will now ply his trade for L’OM again in Ligue 1.

The winger made 16 competitive appearances for Newcastle, five of which were starts, and scored one goal.

Everyone at St. James’ Park wishes Florian well for the future.

A loan deal had been agreed with Lazio, but Thauvin did not want to move to Italy but preferred a move back to his former club.

It seems the deal is worth €11M which is around £9.8M, so we are losing on the deal after we brought him in from Marseille for £13M almost exactly a year ago.

And we reported earlier today that Marseille may also put in a bid for central midfielder Henri Saivet, who seems to have no future at Newcastle.

Maybe Marseille will negotiate a loan deal with obligation to buy for Henri too?

Comments welcome.

29 comments so far

  • jimmysmith

    Aug 4, 2016 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #1

    amby pamby

  • Ron Knee

    Aug 4, 2016 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #2


    Isn’t G3 something to do with Joe Satriani?

  • DaraghL

    Aug 4, 2016 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #3

    G3…you sunk my battleship

    What was Mbemba’s number last year?

  • magscar

    Aug 4, 2016 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #4

    Perhaps waiting on Sissoko going and reallocate No 7 to Diame? Or is it just too late signing?

  • Jib

    Aug 4, 2016 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #5

    Allow me to dream please

    The 28 year old Mexican Javier Hernandez (Chicharito ) has just shocked the German media by telling Kicker magazine that he may not be at Bayer Leverkusen much longer.

    The thing that caught my attention was the phrase

    “Me motiva si soy un tema para otros clubes.” – it motivates me if I’m the theme for other clubs .
    That is very Rafaesque language.
    he normally wears number 7 and can play either wing !


  • always look on the bright side of life

    Aug 4, 2016 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #6

    My predictions for the coming season are:

    Points: 104
    Position: 1
    MVP: Ritchie
    TGS: Gayle
    TGS Goals: 29
    Lge Cup: QF
    FA Cup: Round 5

  • NUFCPaul

    Aug 4, 2016 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #7

    Diame will probably plump for the 15 shirt and avoid 13. I think Rafa is a traditionalist who wouldn’t really want players wearing numbers in the 40’s and 50’s or higher. The likes of Mitro and Sterry have been able to keep their numbers because they were already allocated before Rafa arrived.

  • GloucesterGeordie

    Aug 4, 2016 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #8


    Lets get in on this then 🙂

    Final League Position: 1st
    Final no. of points: 101
    League Cup round: Fourth round
    FA Cup round: Quarter final
    Player of the Season (Blog) Matt Ritchie
    Top goal scorer (TGS): Gayle
    No. of goals for TGS: 22

  • always look on the bright side of life

    Aug 4, 2016 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #9

    Thauvins heart was never really here and for that reason it was never really going to work out. This season we need people here who are willing to roll their sleeves up during a cold midweek game in December and fight for the cause. I just dont see him as that type of place. Good Luck to him and onwards and upwards for us to replace him with someone who fits the new culture Rafa is trying to impose.

  • El Sleeve

    Aug 4, 2016 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #10

    So Pritchard and McCormack have passed us by, is that a shame?

    Someone says a secret medical is planned.

    Hernandez leaving Leverkusen.

    What do we realistically need now? Winger? LB? #10?

  • NUFCPaul

    Aug 4, 2016 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #11

    Pritchard to Norwich and McCormack to Villa are both confirmed, so we can forget about the pair of them. More gutted about McCormack than Pritchard. I thought Villa would struggle this season but McCormack might make the difference for them with his goal tally. Oh well, at least our game tomorrow will be a little easier now.

  • DaraghL

    Aug 4, 2016 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #12


    Great shout. There was plenty of time to add Diame to the list for numbers so that may be the rationale. My query is if he’s involved on Friday will they just give him a random number?

    Maybe they don’t want to give him 15 for example incase a few people get him on their back and complain a week later when he’s moved to 7.

  • Ketsbaia9

    Aug 4, 2016 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #13

    Will Sissoko start tomorrow? Currently, the team should be:


    Janmaat Mbemba Lascelles Anita

    Ritchie Sissoko Diame Aarons

    Perez Riviere

  • El Sleeve

    Aug 4, 2016 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #14

    Is tiote staying for the season now? If he takes last year’s form into this season then there’s going to be exciting times ahead

  • JP...from The Rock

    Aug 4, 2016 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #15

    I would love Chicharito with us. Wanted him ever since he was at Man U. Quality player, quick and knows where the goal is. If he comes we’re going up as Champions for sure.

    But I think Diame will be handed the number 7 once (if) Sissoko departs.

  • DaraghL

    Aug 4, 2016 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #16

    1. Hernandez is not a winger.

    2. If he did sign it would be the greatest signing in Championship history as he is Champions League standard (Incredibly unlikely, think we need to be realistic here!)

    3) McCormack is a decent player. He scores well in this league but unlike Rhodes, his goals haven’t been sufficient to bring any of his teams up. I also rate Gayle ahead of him so don’t think at £14m for a 30 y/o he was a good choice.

    4) Pritchard is average in my opinion.

    5) I rate Dummett…there I said it. He’s an old fashioned full back, he’s my choice for left back. I’m Irish and have watched Clark on numerous occasions he has a mistake in him and appears more comfortable at left back but wants to be centre back. Means he’s a decent second choice pending Haidara’s return.

  • NUFCPaul

    Aug 4, 2016 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #17

    El Sleeve – I think we have several players who can play in that #10 role with the likes of Perez, De Jong (if/when fit), Armstrong, etc. I think Rafa is done with fullbacks and defenders in general now, so probably no LB coming in now. I’d say he wants one more big striker and one or two wingers, although Anita seemed to revel in the RW position in the friendlies, so maybe Rafa sees him there rather than a RB or LB this season.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Aug 4, 2016 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #18

    Kets- Riviere? Lol come on mate apart from he’s shite he has barely kicked a ball all summer due to injury. How on earth can you honestly think he will start or he deserves to start??

  • DaraghL

    Aug 4, 2016 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #19

    JP –

    He’s been saying that for days. Just looking for a bite. Ignore him.

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Aug 4, 2016 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #20

    Emanuelle “air shot” riviere. Hahahaha

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Aug 4, 2016 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #21

    I think mbemba was no.18 last year too. I could be wring

  • NUFCPaul

    Aug 4, 2016 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #22

    DaraghL – if a player’s shirt number is registered it can’t be changed until the end of the season. However if, like Diame, his number isn’t allocated yet then it can be done later on. So maybe they are waiting for Sissoko to leave before they register Diame as #7? It’s possible!

  • NUFCPaul

    Aug 4, 2016 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #23

    JP – Kets comes out with a load of rubbish on purpose. Been doing it for ages now. I haven’t figured out if he’s a WUM or if he genuinely believes what he’s saying makes sense or not yet.

  • The one and Ayoze 17

    Aug 4, 2016 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #24

    So we’ve only got two out and out wingers now, I really hope we’re looking to bring in one or two quickly as this is definitely our weakest position now.

  • barkel

    Aug 4, 2016 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #25


    I know everyone has their opinions but why on earth would you pick an injured Rivi over Gayle or even Arma?

    Anita at LB is unnecessary, Dummet or Gamez will be starting at LB for sure

    I can’t see Sissoko in the starting line up either, he’s only had a few days back with the squad, bench at best for him

  • JP...from The Rock

    Aug 4, 2016 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #26

    Yeah NUFCPaul I bet that’s the case. Nothing to get excited about like us holding the number for Chicharito to sign for us. That’s us dreaming. It’s the former for sure. Though I wish we would sign Chicharito.

    We need a winger and a striker that can play on the wing comfortably. Anyone know who we could be looking at?

  • Ketsbaia9

    Aug 4, 2016 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #27

    Dummett is an awful player. He doesn’t do his job properly. Get Santon in asap.

  • expatmag

    Aug 4, 2016 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #28

    Secret medical bullshit boys.

    Dont believe a word of it. Seem to remember thus stunt being pulled before. Poster comes on…..dangles the carrot……fellow posters want more info but he buggers off

    And Hernandez???????

    Nae chance

  • bettyswallocks

    Aug 4, 2016 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #29

    Rafa has definitely transformed several players and instilled confidence and self belief into most of the squad. Take Anita as an example. When he arrived from Holland, where he was previously respected as a good, consistent, technical player, he was left on the bench by Pardupe and written off as being too lightweight to cut it in the PL. This must have affected his confidence as he looked very ordinary until Rafa arrived.

    Under Rafa Wor Vern has looked quality, bombing up and down the wing, putting in great crosses and scoring great goals. Although this highlights what a crap judge Pardew is , it also shows what the Rafa
    effect can achieve. I’m expecting the new lads to impress and show us what Rafa’s influence can do.


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