By Dominic Toner
West Ham are interested in a summer move for Juventus forward Mario Mandzukic, according to a report.
The Sun claim that the Hammers are considering a summer bid for the 30-year-old as they look to address their frontline issues, with first-choice attacker Andy Carroll injury-prone.
It is understood that the forward has been on West Ham’s radar for the last 18 months and Slaven Bilic saw an enquiry rebuffed last season.
The report details that Juventus are now open to the idea of selling Mandzukic at the end of the season and that has alerted the Londoners.
Mandzukic is a recognised name in European football and won the Champions League with Bayern Munich in 2013.
The Croatia international enjoyed a prolific spell at Bayern, scoring 48 goals in just 88 appearances for the Germans.
He then spent a productive season at Atletico Madrid when he netted 20 goals, before moving to Juventus in 2015.
Mandzukic has found it harder to cement a starting position for the Italians, but has still managed 20 goals in 71 appearances for them.
West Ham should do everything they can to wrap up a deal for Mandzukic as he could be a huge success in the Premier League. The forward has proven himself across some of Europe’s top leagues and England would be a great next step for him. He would be able to experience regular first-team football and would be a starter under Bilic. The Hammers desperately need more attacking options in the summer and it’s easy to imagine Mandzukic making a similar impact to Fernando Llorente at Swansea. He is a tall powerful striker that would surely make a seamless transition to the competitiveness of the Premier League.
In other West Ham transfer news, the club have been installed as clear favourites to sign a Premier League goal machine.