Noel Whelan has urged West Ham to sign Mario Gotze this summer and claimed “they might be getting a gem” if he still has the right attitude.

The former Leeds United forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested the 27-year-old could prove a “bargain” despite failing to impress in recent years.

Gotze, currently at Borussia Dortmund, is available on a free this summer with his current contract due to expire in June.

Bundesliga legend Michael Rummenigge suggested in his Sportbuzzer column the attacking midfielder should ‘join West Ham or Everton’ when his contract expires.

Whelan admitted the World Cup winner is no longer at his peak but has got all of the attributes to succeed in the Premier League.

“It was not long ago he was tipped for Liverpool and had other big clubs looking at him but he has fallen off the grid,” he told Football Insider.

“When everybody wanted him he never left Bayern Munich and now he might have an opportunity to bring his name back.

“West Ham is a team that needs to pick and choose their players properly.

“Goetze has got that winning mentality and he has been brought through a very good club but he has not been the star player everyone thought. They might be getting a gem if he still has the desire and passion. It could be a really good signing for West Ham.

“Sometimes you get a good deal off the back of a player not producing for a couple of season. It could be a bargain.”

Gotze has been limited to just 19 appearances this campaign, featuring predominantly as a substitute.

The former Bayern Munich man will forever be remembered for scoring the winning goal for Germany in the 2014 World Cup final.

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