Florian Thauvin has been named on the bench for the trip to Watford, the winger sitting alongside his compatriots Yoan Gouffran, Sylvain Marveaux and Emmanuel Riviere.

There were widespread reports that a loan move to Marseille was imminent and then later claims that a loan move depended on Newcastle securing Andros Townsend.

With the only arrivals being central midfielders Henri Saivet and Jonjo Shelvey, Newcastle fans are waiting to see whether Thauvin will still move, at least temporarily, back to France.

However, today has seen Mediafoot Marseille report that while Florian Thauvin and Marseille quickly agreed to a planned loan deal, Newcastle indicated they were prepared to agree to the same.

Only for Newcastle, according to Mediafoot Marseille, to keep the French club hanging on before making it clear they would only let him return to Marseille in January if the French club bought him back, instead of a loan.

There is no way that the cash-strapped Ligue 1 club could afford to do that at this point and so this past week they have been looking at alternatives, having given up on the chances of a Florian Thauvin move.