By Tom Blackburn
Mario Mandzukic has become the latest big-name striker targeted by Slaven Bilic to fill the void at West Ham, according to a report.
Italian sport website TuttoSport, via TuttoMercatoWeb, claim that the Hammers have entered the race for the Juventus striker.
It is said that the Italian champions are ready to cash in on Mandzukic to fund the signing of either Karim Benzema, Gonzalo Higuain or Mauro Icardi.
Mandzukic won the Champions league in the 2012-13 season with Bayern Munich, scoring in the 2-1 final win over Borussia Dortmund.
The 30-year-old scored 13 times for Juventus in 36 appearances in all competitions last season and has an impressive club record of 157 goals in 348 matches.
The Hammers are reportedly looking for a new striker this summer, as attacking midfielder Dimitri Payet finished as the east London club’s top scorer last season with 12 goals in all competitions.
They could potentially be left with just Andy Carroll in the role, with Diafra Sakho hoping to leave.
West Ham have made no secret of their pursuit for a striker, and this hunt has left Sakho refusing to attend their pre-season tour of Austria.
The Olympic Stadium side have been linked with a host of top class strikers this summer, which include Alexandre Lacazette, Carlos Bacca and Gonzalo Higuain.
However, Bilic has completed six signings this summer, which include Ashley Fletcher Sofiane Feghouli, Havard Nordtveit and Gökhan Töre.
In other West Ham news, club legend Trevor Brooking says their former man is the ideal fit for a senior role.