By Noel Whelan

19th Nov, 2022 | 11:32am

Tottenham well placed to finalise Marcus Thuram deal amid 'unexpected' new claim - expert

Noel Whelan has claimed Marcus Thuram would be a worthwhile addition for Tottenham in January as he would play “more than you’d expect”.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested a move for the Frenchman would be relatively low-risk due to his contract situation.

According to 90min (14 November), Tottenham had officials in attendance to watch Borussia Monchengladbach forward Thuram, 25, in action last week.

The France international is part of the squad for this month’s World Cup after netting 13 goals in 17 appearances for the Bundesliga side this season.

Thuram is out of contract at the end of the season and thus can negotiate a pre-contract agreement with foreign sides from 1 January.

Heung-min Son, Richarlison, and Dejan Kulusevski have all suffered with injury problems this season – while Harry Kane has struggled with fatigue.

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When asked if Thuram would be happy to come in as an effective fifth-choice forward, Whelan told Football Insider’s Ewan Kingsbury: “He might think he’s good enough not to be.

“The club will be thinking about injuries to Harry Kane, fatigue for Harry Kane.

“He’s got so many games to play, and he puts 100% commitment into each one.

“Thuram could be someone who comes in and gets more game time than you’d expect.

“You can never have enough forward players, especially number nines and goalscorers.

“If it’s a cheap deal because he’s coming up to a free contract, there’s not really much of a risk attached.

“He’s also got a lot of longevity ahead of him with Thuram being only 25.”

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