L’Equipe say that Newcastle contacted Marseille this morning but were instantly rebuffed by the French club.
Newcastle have been linked with Batshuayi for some time and reports earlier this season said that Newcastle scouts were regularly watching the striker. With Thauvin and Cabella having recently joined the club on loan, it seems as though Newcastle have built up a rapport with the French club.
Batshuayi joined Marseille from Standard Liege in the summer of 2014 for around £4.5m having, scored 39 goals in 73 league matches for the Belgian giants.
In his first season, Michy Batshuayi was used almost exclusively as a substitute but still managed to score nine Ligue 1 goals despite starting only six league games.
Acts of indiscipline have threatened to tarnish the burgeoning reputation of the young striker. In April 2012, he received a four-match ban for stamping on Genk’s Jeroen Simaeys in and was then sent home from Belgium’s under-21 squad a year later after he and a teammate had broken protocol by inviting girls up to their room. Legend.
The likes of Arsenal, Borussia Dortmund and Everton were all linked to him prior to his move to Marseille and he is certainly a player whose progression will be keenly watched.
There is no doubt that we have completed some excellent business this January. Jonjo Shelvey, Henri Saivet and Andros Townsend have all signed on this month, and we can expect at least two more arrivals in Doumbia and a second striker.
We are also after a left-back as per reports on the Sky Sports website. Four impressive different names have been thrown around, but there is no indication from the club which player they’ll be pursuing.
This is shaping up to be one of the most exciting transfer deadline days for years. Though we have picked up some absolute bargains in the past few years, we have tended to stay quiet on the final day of the window.
Watch this space…