West Ham turn to veteran striker Mario Gomez in shock move


Mario Gomez, 31, has emerged as a surprise target for West Ham United.

The German international declared that he was looked to leave Turkey following the recent attempted coup and ensuing political instability. It’s alerted the Hammers who view the experienced striker as a quick and cheap fix for their striker problems.

Slaven Bilic has cast his net far and wide as he seeks to strengthen his goal-shy attack and has been heavily linked with Swansea’s Andre Ayew, 26, in recent weeks. With a dozen goals in his debut Premier League season, the Ghanaian is seen as a good fit by the Hammers hierarchy.

West Ham are prepared to go to £20m and have initiated contact with the Welsh club. Swansea are determined not to let the striker leave with manager Francesco Guidolin viewing Ayew as a key member of his XI.

Gomez enjoyed a prolific season with Besiktas in 2015/16 with 26 goals in 33 appearances and is reluctant to return to parent club Fiorentina, where his chances of first team football are limited.

His two goals at Euro 2016 made him Germany’s leading scorer in European Championships with five goals and at £7m represents a bargain in the current transfer market.


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