Newcastle are still looking to sign Florian Thauvin this summer, despite Marseille’s insistence he is not for sale.
Despite Marseille repeatedly insisting that Thauvin, 22, is not for sale, due to having lost a number of their players this summer, the Magpies believe they can still bring him to England.
Sporting director Lee Charnley is confident a deal can be struck, with Thauvin said to be keen on a move to the Premier League.
It has been previously mooted that Remy Cabella could be included in the deal as part of an exchange deal for Thauvin, but the French attacker recently suffered an injury which could keep him out for the start of the season.
This makes utilising him in a transfer deal hard, and the complications mean that he is unlikely to be used in exchange, according to the report.
It is also stated that Steve McClaren is keen on pushing through a deal for Thauvin, as he sees the attacker as a ‘potentially crucial addition’ to his plans for the 2015/16 season.
Able to play anywhere across the front-line, the young French Under-21 international would suit McClaren’s 4-2-3-1 system to the ground, and he would provide a strong attacking threat on the wings.
Renowned for his pace and dribble ability, he also has an eye for goal, having scored five goals and registered seven assists in 36 Ligue 1 games last term.
Having only signed Thauvin in 2013, Marseile are against selling one of their star players, but Newcastle are actively pursuing a deal as they believe the winger could push through a move so as to ensure he is playing in the Premier League before too long.