The Magpies are still keen on strengthening their squad ahead of the transfer deadline next month and a winger is seemingly a top target for boss Steve McClaren.
Fellow French outlet RMC reported yesterday that Newcastle were closing in on a deal for Thauvin, with under performer Remy Cabella offered on a season-long loan as part of the deal.
La Provence claim a proposed offer of around £12 million plus an extra £2 million has been lodged, with the player flying in for a medical ahead of agreeing a six-year contract worth £12.75 million.
Thauvin represents a really good deal for Newcastle, considering he will offer McClaren’s side a genuine threat from wide areas – a current weakness in the Geordies’ ranks.
Last season, he scored five goals and added a further four assists, earning widespread praise from a number of Ligue 1 observers as Marseille just missed out on a Champions League spot.
Aside from his evident ability now, the 22-year-old has a long career ahead of him and he is – along with Aleksandar Mitrovic and Chancel Mbemba - exactly the sort of signing Newcastle need to make.
For a number of years now the Toon Army have struggled to piece together a competitive squad with youthfulness and exciting potential, but now they are seemingly heading in the right direction.