An agreement has been reached between Newcastle United and Lazio for the transfer of Florian Thauvin, according to Corriere Dello Sport.

The Italian media organisation say that their information is that a 2m Euros (approx £1.7m) loan fee has been agreed between the two clubs, with a clause triggering a permanent move for 11m Euros (approx £9.2m) once a certain number of games have been played.

They expect the deal to go through shortly but say that the ongoing hold-up has been the outgoing transfer of Antonio Candreva. The Italian international winger/midfielder is definitely leaving Lazio but the club from the capital have been holding out for as much money as possible.

However, agreement is said to be close with Candreva expected to move to Inter and Florian Thauvin then to be officially announced as his replacement.

In the pre-season friendlies it has become clear that Florian Thauvin doesn’t feature in Rafa Benitez’ plans, the winger starting none of the four matches.

In each of them, Thauvin has been brought on from the bench (at Bohemians the final 45 minutes, Doncaster 28 minutes, Lokeren 27 minutes) and last night at Southend, the former Lille & Marseille player got the final 11 minutes to keep him involved and in the shop window.

Hopefully this time the Lazio interest will be followed through and a deal done, with one of Graham Carr’s very worst deals ending up with United/Rafa recouping at least a decent part of the original outlay (not to mention wages).