One very small silver lining of the stumble towards promotion, has been the holding back of the avalanche of Newcastle transfer speculation that will surely fill the next four months.
Having looked as though they were going to be getting the cigars out by early April, instead we are still waiting to light the match.
If/when Rafa Benitez gets his team over the line, that will surely signal a wave of Newcastle transfer tales to rival anything that has gone before.
With the team/squad struggling the further the season has progressed, the number of new signings Newcastle would need if returning to the Premier League, is seemingly growing by the day.
However, it is a story of a player on his way out of the club, that surely now qualifies for worst Newcastle transfer tale so far seen this year.
It is claimed that Tottenham could now come in and sign Florian Thauvin and ‘hijack’ Marseille’s hopes of buying the winger.
The story has been run by Talksport and is based on vague ‘reports in France’ that Mauricio Pochettino has been impressed by Thauvin this season.
The winger/playmaker having scored 12 goals and made nine assists in Ligue 1 this season so far.
The (main) fault in the story is that Florian Thauvin is actually already a Marseille player, his loan arrangement this season contained a permanent deal trigger once he played three times, with only the formal exchanging of cash to happen once this summer’s transfer window opens.
So Tottenham couldn’t ‘hijack’ any Marseille deal as he is one of theirs (Marseille’s) already.
A set price of around £10m was widely reported as being the price the Ligue 1 club agreed with Newcastle as part of the year long loan with permanent deal trigger, representing a profit of up to £4m for Marseille on a player they were forced to sell for around £14m back in summer 2015 due to financial pressures.
If Marseille did decide to once again sell Florian Thauvin when he finally formally becomes their player once again this summer, then ironically it would look likely they’d be able to make another profit, with the Frenchman’s stock rising yet again.
As well as the 12 goals and nine assists, Thauvin was also called up by France when they named their most recent squad last month.
However, it is very unlikely that Marseille would dream of selling, even if another club come along like Newcastle did and make an over the top offer.
Since they were forced to sell the player to Newcastle, Marseille have been bought by ambitious new owners who are determined to see the club challenging at the top once again and returning to the European stage.
The capture of Dimitri Payet signalled their intention to pay the transfer fees and wages necessary to challenge the likes of PSG and Monaco. So with Florian Thauvin being their player of the season, it would be a shock if they considered letting him move on again.
Meanwhile, Newcastle have paid the price for yet another overseas signing who was thrown straight into action by a clueless manager and suffered as a result. Thauvin obviously proving to be a far better player than Newcastle fans saw in only three Premier League starts under Steve McClaren.
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