Florian Thauvin
Florian Thauvin in action for Newcastle this season Getty Images

Newcastle United winger Florian Thauvin has returned to his former club Marseille on loan until the end of the season. The 23-year-old joined the Magpies from the French club in August 2015, but has failed to impress during his brief stay on Tyneside.

Thauvin made his Newcastle debut during a goalless draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford, replacing compatriot Gabriel Obertan in the 69th minute of the game. Since then, however, he has not managed to cement a place in manager Steve McClaren's first-team and the former England boss has allowed the player to return to his homeland.

In an official statement, Newcastle said: "There is no option for purchase within the deal, so Thauvin will return to Newcastle at the end of the loan."

The announcement of Thauvin's loan move came shortly after it was reported Newcastle had tabled a £21 million ($29.9 million) bid for West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino. The 22-year-old star is wanted by a number of Premier League clubs, but the Magpies are keen to seal his signature before the closure of the January transfer window.

McClaren is eager to improve his squad as Newcastle look to avoid relegation from the Premier League. The club currently occupy 18th position in the table and are two points from safety.