McClaren explains reasons why Florian Thauvin is 'perfect signing' for Newcastle

Steve McClaren

Newcastle boss Steve McClaren is delighted to have signed Florian Thauvin this evening.

Newcastle United boss Steve McClaren has told the club's official website of his delight having signed Florian Thauvin from Marseille.

Having added Chancel Mbemba, Georginio Wijnaldum, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Ivan Toney already this summer, McClaren has now swooped for his fifth new arrival.

French winger Thauvin, 22, hit 15 goals and 14 assists for Marseille having joined the club two years ago, but has now become the latest player to leave the club this summer.

After the departures of Giannelli Imbula, Dimitri Payet, Andre Ayew and Andre-Pierre Gignac, Thauvin has now followed them out of the Stade Velodrome having joined Newcastle this evening.

The deal sees Thauvin sign a five-year contract at St. James' Park, whilst Magpies playmaker Remy Cabella heads back to Marseille on loan in part-exchange.

With the deal now confirmed, manager Steve McClaren has spoken to the club's official website, and explained the reasons why he believes Thauvin is a perfect signing for the Magpies.

"Florian is a player the Club have been watching for a long time and I am delighted that we have been able to sign him," said McClaren. "He is a perfect signing for this Club - someone who is young, with great potential and is one of the best young players in Europe. He is an exciting, creative talent who can score goals and make assists, and we believe he will have a very bright future at Newcastle," he added.

With dribbling ability and the quality in the final third to create chances for his team-mates, Thauvin could be a superb signing for Newcastle, but much like many of the club's recent French signings, he will need time to adjust to life in the Premier League.

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