Report: West Ham target Euro 2016 German star
By Harvey Byrne
West Ham are eyeing a swoop for Fiorentina striker Mario Gomez, according to a report.
Italian website Gazzetta dello Sport claim that he has impressed the scouts from West Ham, who had watched him several times during the 2015-16 season at Besiktas.
As well as the Italian source, Turkish website Fanatik claim that West Ham have already entered discussions with the 30-year-old experienced striker regarding a potential move with Slaven Bilic extremely keen to get this deal over the line.
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.
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.
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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, Galatasaray have made an offer to sign Enner Valencia on a season-long loan.