By Russell Edge

21st Apr, 2017 | 4:27pm

Pochettino makes call as Tottenham to hijack move for Newcastle flop – reports

By Russell Edge

Tottenham are interested in hijacking Marseille’s attempts to sign Newcastle United winger Florian Thauvin, according to reports.

French sports outlet RMC Sport claim that the north London side are ready to make a move for the 24-year-old after he impressed manager Mauricio Pochettino.

It is said that the Spurs boss has called his mentor Marcelo Bielsa, the former Marseille boss, for the low-down on Thauvin.

The France attacking midfielder, who was called up to the international squad in March, has set Ligue 1 alight since re-joining Marseille on loan from Newcastle.

He spent the second half of last season at the French club before signing up for a second loan spell last summer that runs for the entirety of the campaign.

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He is in the form of his life this season with 12 goals, including two in their latest match, a 4-0 win over Saint Etienne.

It has been reported by French news outlet La Provence that Marseille have triggered a clause to make the winger’s move from Newcastle permanent, but this is yet to be confirmed by either club.

Thauvin struggled in England when he arrived in 2015 and made just 16 appearances for the Magpies, scoring once against Northampton in the league cup, before departing on loan to former side Marseille.

Football Insider verdict:

‘If at first you do not succeed, try, try again.’ This might be the mantra Florian Thauvin will have to follow if Mauricio Pochettino gets his way and brings the winger to White Hart Lane. The 24-year-old had a torrid time at Newcastle and was allowed to leave just half a season into his time at St James’ Park. He has impressed in Ligue 1 this campaign but as has been made so clear, making the transition to the Premier League is no easy task. However, at Tottenham, Thauvin will be challenging for a top four spot, not trying to avoid relegation, and if Pochettino can get him to work along the likes of Dele Alli and Harry Kane, then he could become a real star for the club.

In other Tottenham transfer news, the club are set to go head to head with rivals Arsenal for another French midfield maestro.

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