Report: Newcastle United plan medical for talented French winger Florian Thauvin

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Newcastle United are closing in on a deal for Florian Thauvin.

According to a report in the French publication La Provence, Marseille winger Florian Thauvin will fly in to Newcastle tomorrow ahead of a medical on Wednesday.

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.

Width:

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.

Future:

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.

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