French press: Reported Newcastle United target Florian Thauvin likely to leave Marseille this summer

Newcastle United have been heavily linked with Marseille’s Florian Thauvin.

According to a report in Le10sport, Marseille star Florian Thauvin is likely to switch clubs this summer after becoming hesitant of the team’s direction due to the number of first-team departures.

The southern French outfit have endured something of a fire sale this summer, with Andre-Pierre Gignac, Dimitri Payet, Andre Ayew and Giannelli Imbula all moving on.

Moreover, goalkeeper Steve Mandanda, midfielder Nicolas Nkoulou and boss Marcelo Bielsa’s futures are in doubt, prompting hesitation in fellow star player Thauvin.

The attacking midfielder has been the subject of intense interest from Newcastle United over the past month, the Mail claiming the Magpies had a £10.7 million turned down for the Frenchman.

Nevertheless, if fresh reports are to be believed, then the Toon’s chances of concluding a deal remain positive with Thauvin being cited as hesitant over his future and a potential transfer being branded likely.

Should Newcastle United step up their pursuit of Florian Thauvin?

Naturally a winger, Thauvin can play in a number of attacking positions and proved his worth last season, scoring five goals and providing a further seven assists.

While Newcastle’s record in the French market can be described as streaky, Marseille’s 22-year-old is a noteworthy talent and has bags of potential to develop into a top-class player.

Boss Steve McClaren has a habit of getting the best out of his wide players, and Thauvin’s style is perfectly suited to fit in a fluid system favoured by the former Derby County manager.

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