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Benitez reveals his decision over futures of two senior Newcastle players

By Harvey Byrne

Rafa Benitez has revealed that he will wait before deciding whether to sell Florian Thauvin or Georginio Wijnaldum this summer.

The two players, who have been linked with moves away from St James’ Park this summer, scored in Newcastle’s 6-0 victory against Bohemian FC on Saturday.

The pair were both substituted during the second half at Dalymount Park and the Frenchman made the score 4-0 with a 55th minute strike, while Wijnaldum finished off the scoring with a 75th minute goal.

“All of them have to try their best,” said Benitez when asked about Thauvin to the Chronicle Live. “After that we will decide.

“It depends on the offers and if they do well – maybe we will keep them. We will analyse it later.”

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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 spent the second half of last season on loan at the Stade Velodrome where he scored just two goals in 16 appearances.

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

Meanwhile, Benitez has previously stated that he hopes Wijnaldum will stay at the club despite being heavily linked with a move away.

It is understood that Tottenham, Liverpool and Everton are looking at Wijnaldum, who has made it clear that he wants to leave following the club’s relegation to the Championship.

The Netherlands international moved to the north east of England last summer from PSV Eindhoven for a fee of £14.5million.

The 25-year-old was a shining light in a wretched Premier League campaign for the Tyneside club, scoring 11 goals in the competition.

In other Newcastle transfer news, the Magpies will table a fourth bid for Blackburn defender Grant Hanley.