By Harvey Byrne

Newcastle’s French winger Florian Thauvin is still interesting Italian side Lazio despite the controversial exit of manager Marcelo Bielsa, according to a report.

Italian publication Tuto Mercato claim that Lazio have maintained their interest in signing Thauvin, despite the exit of Bielsa after two days in the job.

It is understood that Lazio see the Newcastle flop as a alternative to current striker and Italy international Antonio Candreva, who has been linked with Napoli this summer.

Manager Rafa Benitez is keen to get rid of Frenchman Thauvin, who has four years remaining on his contract.

Newcastle paid around £13million for Thauvin last summer, but the 23-year-old has made it clear that he would like to move elsewhere despite his contract with the Magpies running until 2020.

The 23-year-old also spent the second half of last season on loan with Marseille and didn’t do enough to convince Benitez to allow him to stay at St. James’ Park, scoring just two goals in 16 appearances.

It is believed that the Ligue 1 club are also keen on the Magpies attacker, but they are only interested in a loan, whereas Lazio will offer to pay a fee.

The nine-time Ligue 1 winners are in massive financial difficulty currently, and are only able to afford the former Bastia winger if Newcastle allow him to leave on-loan.

Thauvin has fallen down the pecking order even further on Tyneside, after the signings of Matt Ritchie and Dwight Gayle.

In other Newcastle news, former Magpies full-back Ryan Taylor has joined Wigan on trial.