Video: Newcastle United transfer target Florian Thauvin scores classy goal in pre-season defeat

Florian Thauvin

The Frenchman stroked home with ease for Marseille in a 3-1 defeat v Fenerbahce.

Newcastle United have been heavily linked with a move for Marseille attacking midfielder Florian Thauvin this summer. Despite it beginning to seem like they were flogging a dead horse it was reported by The Chronicle earlier in the week that Newcastle were not giving up on the player and would be returning with a new bid for his services.

It has previously been reported by The Daily Mail that Newcastle would even be keen to let Remy Cabella go the other way as part of any apparent deal.

Thauvin, who has been compared to Zinedine Zidane, has struggled for his best form since joining Marseille and Newcastle United are long term admirers.

Despite his dip in form they have remained keen and last night he showed a little glimpse of what he can do.

Marseille were already 3-0 down against Turkish side Fenerbahce when Thauvin hit the back of the net.

He received a cut-back just inside the area on his left-foot and effortlessly stroked the ball home first time, to give Marseille a consolation strike.

It was a timely reminder of his natural ability to pluck wonder from nowhere and just why Newcastle United remain so keen on the divisive playmaker.

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