By Will Butcher
Galatasaray are looking to steal a march on West Ham after making contact with Juventus striker Marko Mandzukic, according to reports.
The Sun claimed earlier in the month that the 30-year-old was interesting Hammers boss Slaven Bilic, as the Croatian finally looks to end his striker hunt with his fellow countryman.
However, Turkish outlet AMK claim Galatasaray boss Igor Tudor has told Mandzukic that he will experience “a peak” in his career with the Turkish giants.
Mandzukic is likely to leave Juventus in the summer after experiencing a slump in form, with the likes of Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain being preferred to lead the attack.
Scoring just seven goals all season, the 74-time international has managed to complete just 14 full 90 minutes in the Serie A throughout the 2016-17 campaign.
Since his move to Turin, Mandzukic has managed just 20 goals in 72 outings and the Sun claim the former Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid striker could be allowed to leave in the summer.
However, the Hammers will have to move quickly if they are to lure Mandzukic to the London Stadium, as it appears Galatasaray have already made contact with the forward.
Football Insider verdict:
The Hammers are in desperate need of a striker. Injury doubts continue to surround striker Andy Carroll, while Diafra Sakho has made just two appearances all season. Mandzukic is a proven top-flight goal scorer and would almost certainly find the back of the net in claret and blue. However, his wages are likely to be huge after playing for some of the biggest clubs in Europe, and he could still come with a hefty transfer fee despite being reportedly surplus to requirements. Bilic must also consider the ageing striker’s deteriorating form, as he struggles to find the back of the net on a regular basis with a side that are able to provide him with plenty of ammunition and chances.
In other West Ham transfer news, the Hammers have been told that £15.5million will be enough to seal a deal for this Spanish winger.