According to a report from Goal, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has ruled out making a move for Mario Gotze this summer, leaving the door wide open for West Ham to swoop in.
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The German, who scored the winning goal for his country in the 2014 World Cup final, is available on free transfer this summer.
Sure, he is not the player he once was. But he is still incredibly talented. And he might just be able to rediscover his best form if given a regular run of games in new surroundings.
It seems as though that will not be at Anfield, however. Goal claims that Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has ruled out signing Gotze this summer. And that will be a massive boost to West Ham manager David Moyes and his chances of bringing the 27-year-old to the London Stadium.
Gotze left Borussia Dortmund for Bayern Munich in the summer of 2013 for around £31.5 million (Soccerbase), but he struggled to impress with the Bavarian giants.
And the Germany international returned to Dortmund in the summer of 2016 for around £20 million (Soccerbase).
The attacker is now out of contract at Signal Iduna Park, however.
Gotze has racked up 45 goals and 61 assists in 217 games for Dortmund (Transfermarkt).
In 15 Bundesliga outings this season, he has chalked up three goals. The 27-year-old has averaged 18.1 passes per game with an impressive completion rate of 85% (Who Scored).
The German currently earns around £120,000 per week according to Sportekz. So he might just need to take a pay cut if he is to move to West Ham.
It would undoubtedly be a risk signing Gotze. But his availability on a free greatly reduces that risk.
The Hammers could do a lot worse, that’s for sure.