According to reports in France, Newcastle are ‘interested’ in bringing former flop Florian Thauvin back to St James’ Park this summer.
This comes from Le10Sport, a French media outlet, who claim that AC Milan are leading the hunt for the Frenchman – but that we are also in the mix along with Roma and Valencia.
With his contract set to expire in 12 months time, it’s reported Thauvin could be available for a cut-price deal, with a fee of ‘£20-25m’ mentioned (which is some quite a drop down from the £40m+ fees being mentioned not so long ago).
He has only made two appearances this season in a campaign that has been dogged by an ankle injury.
Despite this, the 27 year-old is still one of the hottest attractions in Europe, greatly improving his goalscoring return since his exit – bagging 59 times over the past three seasons and picking up a World Cup medal with France in 2018 along the way!
NUFC Twitter weren’t too keen on the idea of Thauvin making a return, with some declaring the winger ‘lightweight’ and questioning why we’d go for a player who didn’t seem too keen to be here in the first place back in 2015.
French players seem to be hit and miss whenever Newcastle squire their signature. For every Cabaye or Ginola there is a Boumsong and a Guivarch, and it seems that Thauvin falls in the latter category – even if he wasn’t here for long.