West Ham United could be set to bolster their offensive options, despite having added Gianluca Scamacca to their ranks in the summer.
The Italian was signed for £35.5m, with the expectation that he might be the natural successor to Michail Antonio. Boasting incredible physicality and a lethal finish, he was fresh off a 16-goal haul for Sassuolo.
However, with just two goals in his first 13 Premier League games, it is clear that the 23-year-old still needs time to acclimatise.
That could explain the reported Hammers’ interest in Borussia Mönchengladbach forward Marcus Thuram, who has recently earned a call-up to the France World Cup squad.
Although at this moment their interest only remains as such, they are part of a long line of Premier League suitors for the 25-year-old who has just seven months left on his £53k-per-week deal.
Among those mentioned as interested parties are Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, although many more will likely add their names to this list before the saga is over. He will be available in the summer for a reported fee of around €10m (£8.7m).
Should the Hammers make the surprise addition, it would mark a sensational move that sees a real quality addition set foot in east London.
Given his immense physical presence, it is not outlandish to think that he could even surpass Antonio’s tenure at the club. The Jamaican is currently the club’s all-time greatest goalscorer in the Premier League.
However, with 17 goal contributions in as many games this season, perhaps Thuram could have a transformative effect seldom seen at the London Stadium.
He has proven himself a consistent goal scorer, and in just 15 Bundesliga games has already equalled his best-ever tally for the German outfit.
David Moyes would be not only gaining a striker bang in form but also a creative maestro too. Thuram ranks in the top 8% for dribbles completed by forwards in Europe’s big five leagues, whilst offering a defensive work rate that would see him thrive in England.
Having been dubbed a “physical monster” by Herve Renard, this stands as yet another testament to his capability to compete with the demands English football would bring.
Given his undeniable quality and still just 25 years old, there is precedent to believe that he could far surpass Antonio should they convince him to join Moyes’ project.