West Ham United could sign France and Marseille star Florian Thauvin with Javier Hernandez going the other way.
That’s according to a new report from Sky Sports which claims West Ham have been offered the attacker.
It comes just hours after Sky reported West Ham’s move for striker Maxi Gomez had failed.
Florian Thav-in, Hernandez out?
Thauvin, who had an unsuccessful spell at Newcastle, is one of Marseille’s most saleable assets.
And L’OM’s much publicised financial struggles mean they are open to offers for their top stars.
According to Sky sources the deal that has been discussed by intermediaries would involve West Ham paying £35m and Javier Hernandez moving to Marseille in part exchange.
A winger by trade, do West Ham really need him?
Thauvin, 26, has scored 59 goals in three seasons at Marseille after an unhappy spell at Newcastle.
He started France’s last game alongside Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann.
But the speculation does not make much sense.
Thauvin is a winger or attacking number 10 by trade.
And that is one area in which Manuel Pellegrini is already very well stocked.
The West Ham boss has Felipe Anderson, Andriy Yarmolenko, Jack Wilshere, Manuel Lanzini, Pablo Fornals and Michail Antonio competing for those spots with youngsters Grady Diangana, Nathan Holland and Marcus Browne emerging too.
Unless Pellegrini sees him as a striker?
West Ham will surely be looking to spend the rest of their budget on a striker or two.
So the prospect of splashing most of it on another wide forward while simultaneously getting rid of their only remaining proven goalscorer seems unfathomable.
Unless Pellegrini has plans to utilise Thauvin as a striker or wants to convert Antonio to striker full-time it looks a touch far-fetched.
Given Sky Sports had already repeatedly claimed West Ham had sealed the signing of Gomez not much credence should be given to this report.