Thauvin, Marseille, Lille, Newcastle,

Matt Spiro: “Florian Thauvin’s expected £12.7m switch to Marseille is ‘just hours away’ according to L’Equipe’s website.

Everyone, I think, will be relieved when that long-running and rather ugly saga reaches its conclusion (Lille have accused Marseille of brainwashing the youngster, Thauvin has gone on strike etc).

“It still looks unlikely Thauvin’s arrival would prompt any departures. Newcastle remains keen on Marseille’s £10m-rated midfielder Andre Ayew, and Bastia have been eyeing his younger brother Jordan.

However, local newspaper La Provence insists both are staying. Andre Ayew certainly didn’t look like a man who wants out during a lung-bursting performance against Monaco last night.”