Report: Pochettino still keen on Marseille's Florian Thauvin after speaking to Marcelo Bielsa

Florian Thauvin

Tottenham Hotspur have again been linked with Marseille winger Florian Thauvin.

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According to RMC Sport, Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino remains interested in signing Marseille winger Florian Thauvin, having spoken to Marcelo Bielsa about him.

Thauvin, 24, will be remembered by some Premier League fans for having joined Newcastle United in the summer of 2015, arriving with high hopes having starred in his native France.

The winger struggled to adjust to English football though, and scored just one goal in 16 appearances before being sent back to Marseille for the second half of last season.

Thauvin has again been loaned out to Marseille this season, with a permanent deal set to go through this summer – and he has enjoyed a fine campaign with 12 goals and six assists in 33 Ligue 1 games.

Whilst Thauvin will join Marseille permanently this summer, the French side could choose to sell him on for a profit, with RMC Sport claiming that Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino remains keen on him.

Spurs raided Marseille and Newcastle last summer to sign Georges-Kevin Nkoudou and Moussa Sissoko respectively, but given their struggles and inability to break into Pochettino's first team, Tottenham could now look to sign a wide man who has played for both Marseille and Newcastle.

Picture Supplied by Action ImagesMarseille winger Florian Thauvin celebrates

It's claimed that Pochettino has been a fan of Thauvin since 2015, and he has even asked for advice from his former mentor and Thauvin's ex-Marseille coach Marcelo Bielsa about a possible move.

Bielsa managed Pochettino at Newell's Old Boys and played a huge part in his managerial make-up, and certainly knows Thauvin well having coached him with Marseille – but such a move would still be a huge gamble from Spurs.

Not only did RMC suggest in 2016 that Pochettino was speaking to Bielsa about Thauvin, but gambles on Sissoko and Nkoudou haven't paid off, and it's time for Spurs to commit to signing a proven winger – not a player who has struggled in the Premier League previously, despite a strong showing this season.

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