Over the past 24 hours, there’s been a couple of stories emerging from France sending Newcastle’s Aleksandar Mitrovic to Ligue 1 as the Serbia international looks for more game time during the second half of the season.

RMC Sport first stated that Bordeaux were interested, but that the financial aspect of the deal could be problematic, while FootMercato explained the forward was offered around France for €12m, with Marseille politely declining the chance to sign him.

Well, Tuesday’s edition of L’Equipe has an interview with the former of the two’s president, Stéphane Martin, who admitted to having an interest in Mitrovic.

He said: “The interest is very real, but we are also working on other players. For Mitrovic, he’s playing in England, which doesn’t help matters financially.”

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So we’ve got confirmation from the best source possible that there is a way out of St James’ Park for Mitrovic if he wants it.

The problem is he’ll have to take a massive pay cut, or Newcastle will have to pay some of his wages.

That, and the fact it appears Rafa Benitez and co. would rather sell the 23-year-old than see him go out on loan only to come back at the end of the season.

It’s a tough one.