The Mirror are currently suggesting that West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has turned his attention to Fiorentia forward Mario Gomez to help solve the Hammers striking problems.
The German star, now 31, scored an impressive 28 goals in 41 appearances whilst on loan at Turkish side Besiktas last season, but has decided that he doesn’t want to continue playing in the Turkcell Super Lig, due to Turkey’s current unstable policital situation.
It’s understood that West Ham’s main attacking target has been AC Milan’s Colombian forward Carlos Bacca for quite some time now, and although they had agreed a £25 million deal with the club, Bacca himself has apparently stalled on the offer, despite being offered £95,000 a week, and is holding out for a better deal.
With Hammers’ striker Diafra Sakho looking certain to leave the club, Bilic is eager to add to his attacking options and having already had a bid for Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette rejected and with Bacca playing hard to get, it seems that a deal for Gomez could be all the more likely.
Fiorentina are holding out for a sum of £7 million for the player which is a very reasonable one indeed, as although Gomez may be 31 years old, he’s a player with vast experience having played for a huge european club like Bayern Munich, where he scored 75 goals in 115 games and represented his country 68 times, scoring 29 goals and playing at major tournaments like the World Cup in 2010 and the European Championships in 2008, 2012 and more recently, this summer’s tournament in France.
There’s no doubting the fact that Gomez would fit in perfectly into an ever improving West Ham side, alongside the likes of Dimitri Payet and Enner Valencia and they’d be bagging themselves a proven goalscorer. He’d also be joining one of his former team mates at West Ham too as they have already signed, Gokhan Tore on a season long loan deal from Besiktas.