West Ham turn attention to signing Germany Euro 2016 star in cut-price deal - report
By Will Butcher
Slaven Bilic has turned his attention to Fiorentina striker Mario Gomez after losing out in the race to sign Michy Batshuayi.
The Croatian is desperate to bring attacking reinforcements in, with Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia looking likely to leave east London.
According to the Express, Bilic has been told by Fiorentina’s sporting director that he must pay £4million to bring the target man to the Olympic Stadium.
The former Bayern Munich striker was in fine form this term on loan at Besiktas, scoring 26 League goals in only 33 appearances to help them win the SuperLig title. He’s carried that form into Euro 2016, scoring two goals in three starts for Germany but is set to miss the rest of the tournament due to a hamstring injury.
With only a year left on his contract, Fiorentina are looking to cash in on the 30-year-old instead of losing him on a free. Besiktas are also keen to bring him back to Turkey, but West Ham are in pole position for his signature.
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However, Besiktas risk infringing upon Financial Fair Play regulations if they push ahead with a deal to sign Gomez.
To combat that, they must sell, which is why Atiba Hutchinson and Gokhan Tore have also both been linked with moves to be reunited with Bilic.
However, should West Ham pip Besiktas to the signing of Gomez, their working relationship could diminish and deals for Hutchinson and Tore could become much harder to agree upon.
Bilic has already signed Algerian winger Sofiane Feghouli and former Arsenal midfielder Havard Nordtveit on free transfers, as well as making Manuel Lanzini’s loan permanent.
But they have missed out on Michy Bitshuayi, who has left Marseille and joined Chelsea.
In other West Ham news, co-owner David Gold speaks out about Dimitri Payet’s future.