By Tom Blackburn

French winger Florian Thauvin has completed a loan-to-buy move from Newcastle to Marseille, it was confirmed on Thursday.

The Toon club reported on their website and social media platforms that a loan deal had been agreed, with Marseille obliged to make the deal permanent next summer.

The agreed figure for the permanent deal remains unknown, but reliable French publication L’Equipe reported prior to the deal that Marseille will pay £9.2million for the attacker.

He scored four goals in 16 appearances during his return to Marseille.

Newcastle originally bought the attacker from Marseille last summer for a fee reported to be £13million with Thauvin signing a five-year deal at the time.

The former France Under-21 international was loaned to Marseille during the second half of last season, after making just three starts following his summer move to St James’ Park last August.

However, the Toon have allowed the winger to leave the club after bringing in several new faces including Dwight Gayle and Matt Ritchie in recent weeks.

Rafael Benitez’s squad are preparing for their Championship opener against Fulham on Friday night, and have confirmed the signings of Mohamed Diame and Ciaran Clark.

In other Newcastle transfer news, Benitez claims a coach has been calling him all summer about signing their player.