According to reliable West Ham United club insider, @ExWHUemployee, on his latest The West Ham Way blog, the east London outfit are keeping tabs on exciting Marseille attacker Florian Thauvin, rated at £45m by Transfermarkt, ahead of a potential summer move.
Well, @ExWHUemployee has provided an update on the Irons’ summer transfer business, and he says that the France international is a possible target for Manuel Pellegrini, who would make a calamitous start to his reign if he signs a reported 6ft 3in target.
The 25-year-old, who can play as a winger or an attacking midfielder, was involved in 44 goals for the Ligue 1 giants last term, as they finished fourth in the French top flight and were the losing finalists in the Europa League.
However, @ExWHUemployee suggests that while the Hammers are keen, they are also wary that he was something of a flop when he was in the Premier League with Newcastle United previously.
He was outstanding.
The 25-year-old has really matured in recent seasons, and he scored 26 goals and provided a further 18 assists in 54 appearances in all competitions for Marseille last term, showing the quality that he has in his locker.
According to WhoScored.com, aside from his goalscoring ability his main strengths are his passing and his dribbling, and while he made 91 of the former in 47 outings in Ligue 1 and in Europe, he successfully completed 148 of the 216 dribbles he attempted.
He certainly would be, and would help Irons fans forget about the serious injury that could keep fans’ favourite Manuel Lanzini out for the entire 2018/19 campaign.
While he didn’t do well with Newcastle previously, he was at St James’ Park during a difficult time for the club where he found it difficult to adjust to the Premier League at a young age.
However, he has progressed significantly and matured since then, and his incredible record last season shows that he is ready for a second bite of the cherry in England.
One potential problem could be his current teammate and former Iron Dimitri Payet however, as he could easily tell him to avoid joining the Hammers, while his price tag could be out of their reach given Marseille are likely to want big money for him following such an influential season.
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