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David Beckham could scupper reported West Ham transfer plan to sign free agent Mario Gotze
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David Beckham could scupper reported West Ham transfer plan to sign free agent Mario Gotze

Cash strapped West Ham United could have their plans to sign one of the summer’s highest profile free agents scuppered by David Beckham.

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West Ham have been heavily linked with a free transfer move for Gotze after his departure from Borussia Dortmund.

The midfielder, famed for scoring the winning goal in the 2014 World Cup final, has been linked with a move to West Ham by Sport Bild and The Evening Standard.

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Moyes scouted free agent target Gotze

West Ham boss David Moyes likes to watch all potential signings at least five times before making a decision on them.

And according to The Evening Standard the Scot scouted Gotze during the restart of the Bundesliga season recently.

Given his past pedigree – and despite injury concerns – Gotze’s availability on a free transfer will be the factor attracting West Ham the most.

According to West Ham insiders Claret & Hugh Moyes has no money for signings.

So the Hammers boss must scour the free agent and loan market or sell to buy.

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Beckham could scupper West Ham move for World Cup winner

German footballing legend Michael Rummenigge suggested Gotze could join West Ham in the summer, when writing his regular column for SPORTBUZZER.

But it appears Leytonstone-born football legend David Beckham is about to scupper that prospect.

Italian transfer guru Nicolo Schira is well known to West Ham fans.

He was the first to announce the £45million signing of Sebastien Haller last summer.

And Schira now claims Beckham’s Inter Miami are in talks with Gotze having offered him a three-year deal.

It comes after Inter Miami moved to sign another free agent midfielder, Juventus and France star Blaise Matuidi.

“After Blaise Matuidi’s signing Inter Miami are in talks with another World Champion: offered 3-year contract to Mario Gotze,” Schira said on Twitter.

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Window pain for Moyes

It seems every which way West Ham turn in this window so far, other clubs are ahead of them for targets.

And the clock is ticking with the new season less than a month away.

Hammers fans are frustrated given other clubs such as Southampton, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and even newly-promoted Leeds are making signings and being linked with big money moves.

Moyes has made it clear he wants to move away from the scattergun approach to transfers that has held West Ham back for years.

He wants to rebuild West Ham around young, hungry players mixed with some experienced stars.

Without backing from the owners, it appears he will find it very difficult to sign those up and coming stars.

And if the Gotze report is accurate, even free agents are being snapped up first by other clubs.

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