By Coral Barry
West Ham have asked Juventus about the availability of Mario Mandzukic, according to a report.
The Hammers were rumoured to be attempting to tie up deals for either AC Milan’s Carlos Bacca or Mandzukic’s Juventus team-mate Simone Zaza.
However, the Daily Mail now claim those deals have been put on hold as West Ham consider their options and it has led to the club registering an inquiry with Juventus for another one of their forwards.
Mandzukic is under contract with Juventus until 2019 and only joined the club last summer in a £13.8million deal.
The Croatia international arrived from Spain after a disappointing spell at Atletico Madrid, but managed 13 goals in 36 appearances for the Serie A champions last season.
Despite a decent goalscoring return, the rumoured imminent arrival of £76million Gonzalo Higuain is likely to force the striker to think about his future at the club.
At 30-years-old, Mandzukic would be the obvious choice to move on this summer if Juventus wished to trim their squad.
West Ham have spoken at length about the desire to bring in a top class striker and Mandzukic would be an excellent, if slightly older, choice.
Mandzukic has scored 157 goals in 348 club appearances in a career that has seen him play for Bayern Munich and Wolfsburg, as well as in Spain and Italy.