Newcastle's Florian Thauvin set for shock return to Marseille

Florian Thauvin
Florian Thauvin

Florian Thauvin is set to return to Olympique Marseille on loan, according to reports in France.

Thauvin joined Newcastle United last summer in a £12m deal which also saw Remy Cabella go the other way, initially on loan.

But the 22-year-old has struggled to establish himself in Steve McClaren's starting XI.

And the winger was booed by fans on his last appearance for the club, the 1-0 FA Cup defeat to Watford.

L'Equipe report that Newcastle and OM have been in talks over a loan deal for Thauvin, who could return to the Stade Velodrome for the rest of the season.

Thauvin missed Tuesday night's 3-3 draw against Manchester United with a knock suffered at Vicarage Road.

Talks are understood to be ongoing between the two clubs, and there could be movement over the next 24 hours.