There have been some reports in the media suggesting Florian Thauvin could be on his way to West Ham. Marseille are struggling financially and are actively looking to sell their prized assets.
According to Tutto Mercato Web, West Ham have been linked with a major cash-plus-player move for Thauvin. This would involve a €40m (roughly £36m) fee heading to Marseille alongside Javier Hernandez.
But this move makes little sense for the Hammers. Not only would it blow nearly the entire budget, but it would also leave West Ham’s striker department in an even worse place.
West Ham’s striker situation
West Ham released Andy Carroll at the end of last season and Lucas Perez has since followed him out of the exit door. The Spaniard joins Deportivo Alaves one year after signing from Arsenal.
Then, Marko Arnautovic demanded to leave. The troublemaking Austrian has completed a move to Shanghai SIPG, swapping the Premier League for China.
This leaves two senior strikers on West Ham’s books. Jordan Hugill is one of those but Manuel Pellegrini has not included him in his squad to tour China, indicating he’s surplus to requirements.
And the only other option is Hernandez. Initially linked with an exit, it seems that Chicharito might now stay so West Ham do not have a complete overhaul of strikers this summer.
Florian Thauvin: Talented but not needed
It is clear that Thauvin is a much better player than when he flopped at Newcastle. He played 13 games for the Magpies and failed to score a goal before returning to Marseille.
But the France international is a talent that West Ham do not need. If reports of the limited budget are accurate, a fee of £36m would leave very little cash left to secure a new striker.
And if Hernandez is included in that deal, West Ham would only have Hugill left. The Irons already have a host of talented wingers available (such as Felipe Anderson, Michail Antonio, Andriy Yarmolenko and more). Thauvin would be a luxury signing that West Ham simply cannot afford at the minute.