Florian Thauvin is on his way back to Marseille on Saturday afternoon, with talks scheduled on his arrival to hopefully complete a loan stay for the rest of the season.

La Provence say that the hold up in the deal was that despite Andros Townsend signing for Newcastle, the Magpies would only agree to the player returning to Marseille if they didn’t have to pay a penny/cent of his wages.

Having paid out £12m for the player to Marseille, Newcastle understandably found it unacceptable that they should be expected to then subsidise the player’s wages when he was returning to the very same club.

Marseille drew 1-1 with Lille on Friday night and are desperate to strengthen their squad for a second half of the season push and so far haven’t brought any new players in during January.

To help make the deal happen, the equally desperate Florian Thauvin is prepared to agree to a major drop in wages so that Marseille can afford him.

The situation made more complicated by the fact that as he has already played for Marseille as well as Newcastle this season, he couldn’t go out to a third club on another loan this season.

La Provence say that the intended loan deal will not include any permanent deal clause depending on playing a certain number of  games for Marseille, with it being purely a loan agreement for the remaining months of this season.