By Wayne Veysey

18th Jul, 2016 | 10:25am

Report: Newcastle play hardball over 23-year-old, asking price set at £10m

By Tom Blackburn

Marseille are continuing to track Newcastle winger Florian Thauvin but will struggle to meet the asking price, according to a report.

On Saturday, Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez said that there was no certainty that Thauvin would be sold and he had still to make a decision on the player.

Marseille-based website La Provence claims that Marseille are still interested in the deal but are being put off by the £10million wanted by the Toon giants.

The report also says that Newcastle are in no mood to cut the price, but there is potential for a loan deal with a view to sell.

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.

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The 23-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan with Marseille 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.

Lazio are also said to be interested in a move for Thauvin, despite the controversial exit of manager Marcelo Bielsa.

In other Newcastle transfer news, Benitez claims if their new signing can get stronger he will be a major asset.