By Wayne Veysey

21st Mar, 2017 | 5:40pm

Deal all but done: Newcastle close to sealing attacker transfer

By Harry Sykes

Newcastle winger Florian Thauvin has revealed he is in “no doubt” he will make a permanent move to Marseille in the summer.

The 24-year-old winger struggled to make an impact at St James’ Park following his £15million transfer from the Ligue 1 big hitters in the summer of 2015.

He returned to Marseille on loan for the second half of last season and has spent the entirety of this campaign once again on loan to the French club.

Thauvin has lit up the French league with his displays and has earned a call-up to the France squad.

Speaking to French radio station RMC Sport in his homeland, Thauvin revealed that his loan contract will trigger a permanent transfer as he explained how his summer exit from Newcastle is all but done.

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“It was a loan with an automatic purchase,” Thauvin said to RMC, as quoted by the Sky Sports website. “After three games I belonged to Marseille so it was almost a transfer. No doubt, I’ll be at Marseille next season.”

Thauvin had a miserable time at Newcastle in the first half of last season, with 16 appearances yielding just one goal and two assists.

By contrast, Thauvin has been lethal for his Ligue 1 employers this season, banging in 10 goals and supplying eights assists in 35 appearances in all competitions.

He is joined in an impressive Marseille squad with other former Premier League players such as Patrice Evra, Remy Cabella and January signing Dimitri Payet.

In other Newcastle transfer news, Steve McClaren has identified the big man in the club’s dressing room.

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