This week brought claims that Tottenham were going to try and ‘hijack’ the transfer of Florian Thauvin from Newcastle United to Marseille.

The winger having resurrected his career back at his former club on loan for the season with 12 goals in Ligue 1 and nine assists so far.

The only problem of course with Spurs allegedly attempting to ‘hijack’ the move, is that Florian Thauvin is already a Marseille player.

With a clause in his loan agreement meaning a permanent move was automatically triggered after only three appearances this season for Marseille, the move to then formally go through this summer with a pre-arranged fee of around £10m to change hands.

However, if we are to believe Bafetimbi Gomis, then Thauvin’s sights could be aiming far higher than the likes of Tottenham.

Gomis has almost matched the turnaround of Florian Thauvin, after only 13 goals in 64 Premier League games for Swansea spread over two years, the French international forward has scored 17 goals in only 26 Ligue 1 starts this season for Marseille.

At one-time it was thought Bafetimbi Gomis was nailed on to sign for Newcastle but instead ended up at Swansea when Mike Ashley wouldn’t pay the wages for the striker who went out of contract at the end of the 2013/14 campaign.

Instead Newcastle ended up with a cut price deal for Emmanuel Riviere who has scored one league goal since signing for Newcastle and that was a miss-hit shot, kicking the ball off his other foot and baffling the QPR keeper. Difficult to see how Gomis could have done any worse!

As for Florian Thauvin, Gomis has told the French media that such has been the winger/playmaker’s form this season.

Bafetimbi Gomis telling the French media (as reported by GFFN)

“I could see Florian Thauvin at Bayern Munich.”

Thauvin has won five of eight player of the month awards at Marseille and was called up by France for their last international squad.

At 24 he still has time on his hands and difficult to see how Newcastle United could have handled him in a more amateurish way. Steve McClaren throwing the then 22 year old straight into Premier League action against Manchester United only days after his arrival from the weak French league, then making him a scapegoat after only three Premier League starts and not giving him another chance in the starting eleven.



  • Leicester Mag

    Here’s a thought the French league is [email protected] If a plank like Gomis is prolific you have to wonder

    • Albert Stubbins

      lol- gomis is a donkey so it must be really bad!! to think we nearly signed him- phweeew.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        That`s the place to offload Diame then

        • Leicester Mag

          They may face stiff competition from Blackpool (beach). They are rumoured to planning a new lineup Diame/Colback being their main targets.

    • Andy Mac

      Sorry Leicester but Mbappe is gonna go for megabucks this summer even if Monaco win the CL ? There are some genuinely talented players in France but sad to say when they move to England they often disappoint.

      Martial, Thauvin, Cabella and worst of all Hatem Ben Arfa ?

  • SH.ER

    Guess what, players CAN improve
    So yeah, It’s not surprising
    Good luck to the lad, Shame it’s not with us…

    • Andy Mac

      He was sitting on top of the world then he arrived at SJP and met McWally !

  • Andy Mac

    Gomis might think he’s capable of playing at Bayern but he hasnt asked his girlfriend ?

  • Mrkgw

    I’d have liked to have seen him given a chance at Newcastle this season but the move was probably forced by the player himself. Shame that it didn’t work out but if his heart wasn’t in it then best gone.

  • Geordiegiants

    He was treat disgracefully by our club. Look at how many chances Mitro, Perez and others have been given.