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Newcastle learn asking price for Marcus Thuram

Newcastle United have been heavily linked with a move for Borussia Monchengladbach striker, Marcus Thuram, in recent weeks, with the Magpies having now seemingly learned what it would take to prise the Frenchman from Germany.

What’s the word?

According to Italian outlet Gazzetta, the Bundesliga side are set to demand a fee in the region of 10m (£8.6m) if they are to part ways in January, with the 25-year-old – who is the son of World Cup winner Lilian Thuram – having just six months remaining on his existing deal.

Although not named in the report – which details interest from Inter Milan – the Tynesiders have previously been named as one of the suitors for the 6 foot 4 colossus of late, with The Sun recently stating that Eddie Howe’s side are eyeing a possible swoop in the New Year.

The St James’ Park outfit seemingly won’t be alone in the bid to sign the former Guingamp sensation, however, with Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and Liverpool having all been linked with his signature, as well as Bavarian giants, Bayern Munich.

‘World-class’ signing

The imposing marksman has warranted that clamour not just due to his expiring contract, with the seven-cap menace having been in particularly clinical form in front of goal so far this term, having scored 13 goals and chipped in with four assists in just 17 games in all competitions this season – taking his total Gladbach tally to 41 goals in 119 games.

That includes a tally of ten goals in just 15 games in the German top-flight – a record only bettered by compatriot Christopher Nkunku (12) at RB Leipzig – with Thuram having thrived after taking on a more central role in the early months of the current campaign.

Also capable of playing on the left flank, the Parma-born marksman is not just a mere goalscorer as he also ranks in the top 7% in Europe among those in his position for dribbles completed, while also showcasing his defensive acumen after ranking in the top 8% for interceptions made.

That all-round quality saw the £53k-per-week gem included in Les Bleus World Cup squad for Qatar, with the explosive forward having since gone on to make three substitute appearances in the competition so far, registering one assist in that time.

A player seemingly on the rise, Thuram would no doubt help to bolster Howe’s attacking ranks heading into the second half of the campaign, having notably been dubbed a “world-class striker” by Wolfsburg sporting director Marcel Schafer.

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That glowing assessment has also been echoed by former teammate Denis Zakaria, who stated that “what he brings to the pitch is phenomenal“, with there likely to be notable excitement among Newcastle supporters if a deal can be agreed.

To be able to secure the services of such a world-class talent for a relative bargain fee is a hugely attractive prospect for the northeast side, with the race now on to see just who can win the race amid the hefty rival interest.