According to a report from Italian media outlet Calcio Mercato, West Ham are interested in signing £9 million-rated Juventus forward Mario Mandzukic in January.

The Hammers will allegedly face competition from both Tottenham and Manchester United for the Croatian.

The 33-year-old has enjoyed a wonderful career. He has been a top player over the past decade, but at 33, he is now arguably already on the decline.

Here are three reasons why West Ham should avoid a move for Mandzukic…

Juventus A v Juventus B - Pre-season Friendly

Mario Mandzukic (Photo by Tullio Puglia – Juventus/Juventus FC via Getty Images)

He’s already past his best

The 89-capped Croatia international probably only has two or three years left playing at the highest level.

Moving to the Premier League from Serie A is a big challenge for players in their prime, let alone the twilight years of their career.

And Mandzukic might just struggle to adapt to the intense nature of the English game.

Expensive wages

Parma Calcio v Juventus - Serie A

Mario Mandzukic (Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images)

The 33-year-old earns £180,000 per week at Juventus, according to Capology. And he would surely demand a similar salary were he to move to West Ham.

 

The Hammers would then be tied into an expensive agreement with someone who is far from guaranteed to succeed in the Premier League.

Big player, big ego

West Ham have had problems with big egos before. You need look no further than Marko Arnautovic and Dimitri Payet.

And signing another one in Mandzukic could easily disrupt the dressing room.

West Ham need to head in a different direction. They need to be targeting young, exciting talents with huge potential.

There has to be a long-term vision at the London Stadium if the Hammers are to progress as a football club.

And signing Mandzukic would be a backwards step.

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