Newcastle United close agreeing a deal for attacker


Newcastle United are on the verge of sanctioning the loan departure of Florian Thauvin to Italian side Lazio, according to reports from the Northern Echo.

Thauvin has proven to be a huge flop at Newcastle United since his £12 million move from Marseille last season and it has been no surprise whatsoever to see the winger constantly being linked with a departure from St. James’ Park this summer.

The likes of Lazio and Marseille were believed to be interested in signing Thauvin but constant haggling over the price during negotiations has meant that a deal with either side has not come into fruition as of yet.

To suggest that Thauvin could potentially be staying put at Newcastle this summer, manager Rafael Benitez had gone on to praise the winger’s quality following the pre-season victory over Bohemians last week.

However in another twist to the transfer saga, the Northern Echo have now gone on to claim that Newcastle are currently on the verge of sanctioning the loan departure of Thauvin to Lazio.

It is believed that Lazio will be paying Newcastle a fee of around £1.6 million for the duration of the loan and will have the option of turning the deal into a permanent one next summer for around an additional £8.5 million.