By Noel Whelan

12th Jun, 2021 | 7:00pm

Pundit 'excited' by journalist's update on Tottenham talks with Thuram

Tottenham could sign the “next best thing” in Borussia Monchengladbach forward Marcus Thuram, according to Noel Whelan.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the arrival of the 23-year-old could kick off a “rebuild” at Spurs.

French broadcaster RMC Sport claim Spurs have made Thuram a priority signing this summer and are in talks over a deal.

The versatile attacker, who can play anywhere in attack, is currently on international duty with France at the European Championships.

Whelan insisted the fact Thuram is among Didier Deschamp’s squad demonstrates his pedigree and potential.

Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “It’s not easy getting into the French outfit with the abundance of quality strikers they have.

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“To even be recognised to be in the squad, it’s exciting. At 23, they’re looking to the future and they’re trying to rebuild at Tottenham. It’s a very enticing proposition, Tottenham, but it will be a three to four-year plan.

“These players that may be coming in at this age might need that time to establish themselves. To get to that point where they are better players, where they can challenge and make a difference to the club.

“Whether Harry Kane stays or not, they need to get more firepower. There’s too much onus on Harry Kane, too much responsibility. When he’s not in the side they look a little bit lost at times.

“They only had Harry Kane pretty much. They had to go out for a loan player that didn’t really cut it. Thuram and his credentials look like he could be the next best thing.” 

Thuram is the son of France and Juventus legend Lilian.

Marcus netted 11 goals and contributed 12 assists across all competitions during the 2020/21 campaign.

He has three caps for France under his belt to date.

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