Premier League strugglers Newcastle United have identified Marseille midfielder Florian Thauvin as one of their top summer transfer targets – but will have to fork out at least £15 million to land the player, according to the Mail on Sunday.
It is believed that the Ligue 1 outfit – who are currently fourth in the table – and Spurs have initiated negotiations in recent weeks and Thauvin is desperate to join them but Tottenham have baulked at the asking price and are looking for a cheaper deal.
The North London club’s reluctance to match the £15 million price paves the way for the Magpies – who already boast a significant number of French footballers on their roster – to make a move for a highly promising youngster they have been interested in since his days at Lille.
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