Kevin Phillips claimed West Ham will be looking to sign a “younger version” of Mario Gotze, rather than the German himself this summer.
The former Sunderland and Aston Villa striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, insisted David Moyes “cannot afford” to get transfers wrong in the upcoming window after a difficult campaign.
Bundesliga legend Michael Rummenigge suggested in his Sportbuzzer column the 27-year-old should ‘join West Ham or Everton’ when his contract expires in June.
Gotze is currently at Borussia Dortmund, having returned to the club from Bayern Munich in July 2016.
When asked whether he could see the World Cup winner lining up at the London Stadium next year, Phillips told Football Insider: “I do not see him there. I know he has been a fantastic player but I think coming to the Premier League would be a jump.
“I know where he has played is pretty similar but I do not see him improving that West Ham squad.
“They will exercise different options, a younger version of Gotze who will be a bit of an asset. Someone who can come and play and they can cash in on in a few years.
“I do not see [Gotze signing] happening.”
The attacking midfielder has been limited to just 19 appearances this campaign being utilised predominantly as a substitute.
In 2017 Gotze was diagnosed with a rare metabolic illness, Myopathy, and provided an explanation as to why the German international suffered so many injuries during his career.
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