By Amir Mir
Newcastle winger Florian Thauvin has reached a loan agreement with Italian side Lazio, according to a report.
Italian publication Corriere Dello Sport claim the Newcastle flop is close to a loan move to Italy, with a permanent £9 million switch possible once a number of games have been played.
It is said the two clubs reached an agreement for a loan fee as the Tyneside flop is set to depart the club after less than a year.
The 23-year-old joined the Magpies last summer for a fee of £13 million, after agreeing a five-year deal with the club, but after 12 appearances and a loan spell in January with Marseille, the Frenchman is on the move once again.
Thauvin will complete his move when Italian midfielder Antonio Candreva leaves the club, with Lazio reportedly stalling the move as they hold out for as much money as possible.
Manager Rafa Bentiez has indicated that the former France under-21 international will depart St James’ Park after not picking the winger in the club’s starting line-ups during pre-season.
The north east club have taken on Bohemians, Doncaster, Lokeren and most recently Southend with Thauvin only making substitute appearances.
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