West Ham United’s search for a new forward looks set to go down to the wire in this transfer window.
And it could be that David Moyes finds West Ham’s solution in a wide player he can convert to a proper striker like he did so effectively with Marko Arnautovic and Michail Antonio.
West Ham have been watching Borussia Monchengladbach striker Marcus Thuram according to a report from ExWHUemployee.
Ex claims that the Hammers have been watching the Gladbach forward but as yet, no formal approach has been made.
Thuram, 24, is the son of French World Cup winner Lilian. And he has played most of his career so far as a left winger or wide forward.
Thuram is occasionally used up front in Germany. He has a pretty average scoring record of 25 goals in 80 games for the Bundesliga side.
But he appears to possess all the attributes needed to be a success in the Premier League including power and pace.
The 24-year-old has been described as a ‘sensational’ player by scouting, statistics and analytical website Total Football Analysis.
Thuram’s influence goes beyond goals, though. He bagged 11 goals and 12 assists in 40 games for Gladbach last season (Transfermarkt). That was a goal involvement of better than one in two.
Moyes worked absolute wonders with Arnautovic and Antonio at West Ham.
The Scot converted both from capable but inconsistent wingers who had all the same attributes Thuram possesses and turned them into all-action strikers who are a defender’s nightmare.
Could he do the same with Thuram at West Ham?
Well as ExWHUemployee states no formal offer has yet been made.
But Moyes is running out of options and he may feel he can take a chance on the France international in the hope of moulding him in the same way he did Arnie and Michy.
Having Thuram would finally give West Ham the option of resting Antonio, who suffers with hamstring injuries.
With the Europa League coming up this season, West Ham will find themselves playing three games a week for long spells.
A glance at Thuram’s goal record may not fill West Ham fans with excitement.
But the prospect of Moyes getting his hands on him certainly should.
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