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ExWHUemployee: West Ham have scouted Marcus Thuram

West Ham manager David Moyes could seal another transfer masterclass before Deadline Day…

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According to the ever-reliable ExWHUemployee in an exciting update, the Irons have taken an interest in Borussia Monchengladbach attacker Marcus Thuram and have watched him in the past.

Earlier in the transfer window, the 24-year-old Frenchman was heavily linked with a move to Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur, with RMC Sport journalist Mohamed Bouhafsi claiming that Thuram “will leave” the Bundesliga outfit “this summer” and that he was “in talks” with Spurs.

However, that was back in June and the versatile Italy-born winger remains a Gladbach player. Meanwhile, as of last month, L’Equipe (via GFFN) believe Thuram is available for a fee in the region of €25m (£21.5m).

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Moyes masterclass

If Moyes can beat one of the Hammers’ key rivals to a signing of this calibre, then he should be lauded from the rooftops at the London Stadium. It could be his next masterclass in the transfer window – despite their failings so far – following in the footsteps of Tomas Soucek and Vladimir Coufal.

Undoubtedly, the 58-year-old’s recent business has helped transform the east London outfit from being firm relegation candidates into a Europa League side.

No one had heard about either of the Czech duo before they started lighting up the Premier League – for example, they combined for ten goals and eight assists last season, via WhoScored.

Similarly, not one person would’ve predicted the impact that Jesse Lingard had at the club. Having not played all year, he came straight into the side and provided Moyes and co with nine goals and five assists in just half a season.

Only capped three times by France, Thuram has been making waves in Germany, where he contributed 11 goals and 12 assists in 2020/21. He averaged a goal or assist every 109 minutes, via Transfermarkt.

The stocky 6 foot 4 speedster has been likened to Anthony Martial as he’s quick, direct and can play on the wing and centrally. Whilst Gladbach sporting director Max Eberl described Thuram as a “fast, robust and dangerous forward.”

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If the Scotsman still needs someone to fill the void left behind by Lingard, then he must consider launching a bid for Thuram. He can not only fill the creativity gap but he could also provide the perfect foil to Michail Antonio, the club’s only senior striker.

Beating local rivals Spurs to the £25m dynamo, after finishing above them last season, would surely be another massive positive. Get it done, Moyes.

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