Florian Thauvin has agreed to take a significant pay cut to ease his loan move back to Marseille, according to reports this morning.

L’Equipe say that their information is that Newcastle are waiting until they agree a deal for a replacement, with first choice being Andros Townsend, before Thauvin is allowed to leave.

There has been widespread coverage in the French media in recent days, reporting that Florian Thauvin had been proactive in agreeing the terms of his return to France directly with Marseille.

The winger looks to have no immediate role in Newcastle’s first team, even if they failed to bring in anybody new at St James Park.

It looks essential for both Newcastle United and the player, that Florian Thauvin gets some regular football elsewhere this season, or else it will hamper the winger’s career significantly.

As well as further reduce any hopes United have of rehabilitating him back into the first team picture longer term and/or the chances of getting a significant chunk of the £12m plus they have invested in him.

Unable to play for more than two clubs in a season, it is only possible for Thauvin to play for either Newcastle or Marseille in the next four months, so there will be no auction for his services.

However, to revive their fortunes and deal with their financial problems, Marseille are desperate for a return to the Champions League. Currently eighth in Ligue 1 they are only seven points off second place and so it is also very attractive for them if they can get a player back who they know so well, on a loan arrangement, with or without a permanent element to the deal.