A future for Florian Thauvin at Newcastle is looking less and less likely, as the club prepare for next season in the Championship by making early moves in the transfer window.

Over the past few weeks, there have been many articles written in both the French and Italian press about the Newcastle forward’s plans for next season, with varying outcomes.

Most of France’s media seem to think a move back to Marseille, probably on loan once again, is the likeliest of options, while the Italian lot want to see him team up with Marcelo Bielsa at Lazio to replace the departing Antonio Candreva.

Well, the trend appears to be continuing on Friday as L’Equipe mention the Ligue 1 club are pushing hard to bring their protégé back to the Stade Vélodrome.

The French newspaper also claim the player’s agent met with Vincent Labrune on Thursday to try and get a deal done, as his current deal with Marseille ended on yesterday.

Considering their lack of funds, it seems unlikely the French side would be able to buy him back permanently, while Newcastle might be tempted to keep hold of him in case they make it back to the Premier League for the 2016-17 season.

Either way, it seems Thauvin won’t be at St James’ Park next season one way or another.