By Will Butcher
Inter Milan are looking at a move for Newcastle winger Florian Thauvin who is currently on loan at Marseille, according to a report.
Italian outlet Mercato365 claim that Inter scouts watched the 23-year-old play for the French giants on Sunday, as Lyon ran out 3-1 winners against Thauvin’s loan side.
It is believed that Marseille have an automatic option of making the loan move permanent if they spend £9.5million on Thauvin, with his Newcastle career all but over.
The former France Under-21 international has been in fine form in Ligue 1 this season since his move from Tynecastle, having a hand in nine goals during his 24 league and cup outings.
Scoring against the likes of Nice, Nancy and Lille, Thauvin has also turned provider on a further four occasions which has seen interest from Inter arise this month.
Signed by the Magpies in the summer of 2015 for £15million from Marseille, Thauvin was loaned back to the Ligue 1 side after just five starts in the black and white of the Toon and has since rejoined them for the 2016-17 campaign.
Football Insider verdict:
Selling Thauvin on a permanent deal this month could be just the boost that manager Benitez needs to kickstart Newcastle’s Championship campaign and gain an instant return to the Premier League. If the Toon can secure £9.5million for Thauvin, the same amount that is required for Marseille to acquire him in his loan-to-buy deal, then Benitez can instantly reinvest that money with just over a week remaining in the January transfer window. Three wins out of their last five games has seen Brighton claw Benitez’s side in, and they now sit just one point off the north East club with a game in hand. However, the sale of Thauvin could see the Toon bring in real quality and pull away from Chris Hughton’s Seagulls in the race for the Championship title.
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