By Will Butcher
German striker Mario Gomez has confirmed on his Facebook page that he won’t be playing for Turkish Champions Besiktas next season.
The former Bayern Munich hitman scored 26 goals in 33 Super Lig appearances last season on-loan at Besiktas, as they blew away their opponents to clinch their 14th Turkish league title.
The 31-year-old’s decision comes after an attempted army coup took place in Turkey, that resulted in at least 161 people losing their lives.
It was a difficult decision that I had to think about a lot. I have to tell you Besiktas fans personally that it is very…
West Ham have been linked with a striker all summer and Gomez is said to be high on manager Slaven Bilic’s shortlist after an impressive Euro 2016 campaign.
A permanent deal in Turkey is now out of the question for the World Cup winner, giving The Hammers an ideal opportunity to end their striker chase this summer. Gomez could even be available in a cut-price deal, with just 12 months remaining on his contract at Fiorentina.
Gomez, who moved to Bayern for £25million in 2009 from Bundesliga rivals Stuttgart, claimed on his Facebook Page that he would love to move back to Besiktas in the future.
Napoli are also claimed to be interested in the powerful striker as a replacement for Gonzalo Higuain if he leaves the club this summer.
Manager Slaven Bilic has been in the hunt for a proven goalscorer all summer, and has been linked with the likes of Christian Benteke, Michy Batshuayi, Alexandre Lacazette, Theo Walcott and a sensational East London return for Carlos Tevez.
In other West Ham transfer news, this Ecuadorian striker is also on Bilic’s striker shortlist.