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Chelsea, Tottenham in battle for £45m-rated deadly striker

Timothy Aiyeku

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Florian Thauvin

English Premier League clubs and London rivals Chelsea and Tottenham have been reported to be in a battle for the signature of French Ligue 1 outfit Marseille winger Florian Thauvin ahead of the winter transfer window which reopens in coming weeks.

Reports from French media as cited by Calciomercato state that Florian Thauvin has interested the two London clubs and they are all making moves to secure his signature.

The West London side are desperately in need of more attacking options with Spanish player Alvaro Morata and World Cup winner Olivier Giroud not in good form at the moment.

Blues boss Maurizio Sarri is desperate to secure hand the duo some competition as he seeks to deliver a title to the Stamford Bridge this season after a boost of defeating league leaders Man City at the weekend.

Also, the North London side did not partake in last summer’s transfer window owing to the stadium project by the club but with the league seeming more difficult, there is a need to add to the strength of the squad so as to ensure a qualification to the Champions League next season.

Florian Thauvin has scored a total of 12 goals in 17 appearances for the Ligue 1 side so far this season.

Timothy Aiyeku is a Mass Communication graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a sports, everything football analyst.