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.