Report: West Ham’s signing of Payet inadvertently disrupts Newcastle’s plans for Thauvin

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Newcastle United are said to be interested in Marseille’s Florian Thauvin.

According to the latest reports in Le10sport, following West Ham United’s signing of Dimitri Payet and Giannelli Imbula’s likely exit, Marseille are no longer forced to sell in order to balance the books.

The Ligue 1 outfit have dominated the headlines in France regarding a number of potential departures, the latest being the confirmation of top assist-maker Payet joining the Hammers.

The outstanding 28-year-old moved to East London with Marseille pocketing an ‘eight-figure fee’, as confirmed in a report by the BBC.

It’s a relief and a solid deal for L’OM. However, one club that stands to lose out from the deal is Newcastle United as they chase another one of Marseille’s top talents, Florian Thauvin.

As per a recent report in the Daily Star, the Magpies are said to be continuing in the pursuit of the playmaker and remain optimistic that they can reach an agreement.

However, Payet’s move to Upton Park has allegedly inadvertently disrupted Newcastle’s plans as fresh reports in Le10sport state a potential Thauvin exit is no longer on the cards.

“Dimitri Payet’s exit has sealed Florian Thauvin’s future in La Provence. President Vicente Labrune has also received a positive message stating the player doesn’t want to leave,” the report concludes.

A big setback for Newcastle United?

The Geordies are desperate for some much-needed creativity, and Marseille’s 22-year-old has a big future ahead of him as he continues to impress with his dribbling ability and finishing.

Last season, the playmaker notched five goals and contributed a further four assists, though his most impressive attribute is his ability to carry the ball long distances and his close control.

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