West Ham United are understood to have been offered Marseille playmaker Florian Thauvin as an alternative to Maxi Gomez, who they look set to miss out on, according to Tutto Mercato Web.

The Hammers are very much in the market for attacking talents this summer having released Andy Carroll from the club, and recently selling the controversial Marko Arnautovic, and have been given the chance to sign one such player.

West Ham have ambitions of being the best side in London in the not too distant future, and with Arsenal, Spurs and Chelsea all a level above them at the present time, if they are to achieve that aim they need to be attracting world class talents to the club.

They might have the chance of bringing one quality international footballer to London in the form of Thauvin, although any deal is believed to only be possible were Hammers striker Javier Hernandez to head the other way.

West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini needs to decide whether the Mexican is of the quality required to take the London Stadium outfit to the next level. If he isn’t then a deal for the 26-year-old Frenchman could be a possibility.

If the Hammers do end up signing the France international, their fans might need some convincing about the player, as his first spell in the Premier League was a complete flop when he represented Newcastle United.

Thauvin spent one season at St James’ Park, featuring 16 times for the club and finding the net on just the one occasion, in a period of his career that the attacker would rather forget.

However since he returned to Marseille he has come to life again, becoming a key player for the French outfit, scoring 60 goals in 146 matches, so he could be ready to finally light up the Premier League at the second time of asking.


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