By Harvey Byrne

AC Milan have joined West Ham in the fight to sign Mario Gomez from Fiorentina, according to a report.

Italian publication Corriere dello Sports claim the Italian club are eyeing a move for the 30-year-old Germany international, who has also been heavily linked with a move to the Hammers.

The report mentions that the German doesn’t want to move permanently to Besiktas, where he spent the 2015-16 season on loan because of security problems that the country is currently having.

Napoli are also claimed to be interested in the powerful striker as a replacement for Gonzalo Higuain if he leaves the club this summer.

It is believed that Gomez is very interested in a move to West Ham, and Besiktas are resigned to losing the Germany international as they currently work on a deal to bring in Sevilla’s striker Fernando Llorente.

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The forward starred on-loan in Turkey in 2015-16, scoring an impressive 28 goals in 41 appearances in all competitions and worked his way back into the German national team after missing out on the 2014 World Cup winning campaign.

Gomez has started twice for Germany during the current European Championships and has returned with two goals, including a vital winner against Northern Ireland as they topped their group on goal difference after finishing level with Poland.

The striker has just a year left on his contract at Fiorentina meaning the former Bayern Munich star could be purchased at a cut price.

In other West Ham news, striker Diafra Sakho has ended any doubts about his future in East London after he handed a transfer request.