By Alex Taylor
West Ham are set to talk with Fiorentina over the signing of Germany ace Mario Gomez, according to a report.
Italian website Tuttomercatoweb claim that Gomez is surplus to requirements for the Viola, and they would be keen to get him off the wage bill with a year still to run on his contract.
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 2015/16 campaign.
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 to leave comes after an attempted army coup took place in Turkey, that resulted in at least 161 people losing their lives.
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.
Manager 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.