The path looks to have been cleared for West Ham United to bring record-breaking striker Edin Dzeko to East London.

The Hammers have long been linked with a move for Roma striker Dzeko this summer.

Indeed Dzeko has been linked with a move to West Ham in the last two windows.

He would be reunited with his former boss Manuel Pellegrini, who was forced to play down speculation back in October (Sky Sports).

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Record-breaker Dzeko bound for Pellegrini reunion?

Dzeko has scored a phenomenal 318 goals in 691 career games for club and country including 12 for Roma so far this season.

His contract at Roma, where he has broken club and Serie A scoring records, expires in 2020.

According to a report from Italian outlet Calciomercato, Roma are keen to offload him this summer with the Hammers in the running.

But doubt was cast over that when recent reports claimed Roma had offered Dzeko to Serie A rivals Juventus as a makeweight to land Gonzalo Higuain.

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Juventus rejection plays into West Ham’s hands

Dzeko’s potential Hammers move looks more likely now, though.

That is after Juve rejected Roma’s proposal (The Corriere di Torino).

The Corriere di Torino claims Juventus would prefer defender Kostas Manolas or playmaker Nicolo Zaniolo over Dzeko in any deal, as also reported by Football Italia.

Roma want Higuain who is currently on loan at West Ham’s London rivals Chelsea. The Blues are unable to make that deal permanent, though, as they have been hit with a transfer ban.

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Experienced striker can help fill void in striker overhaul

The report states that Roma offered Dzeko in a swap deal. But Juve were not interested in bringing in the Bosnian centre-forward.

Pellegrini will want at least one experienced target man amongst his options next season.

That’s as he faces a complete overhaul up front.

Andy Carroll, Lucas Perez, Javier Hernandez and Marko Arnautovic all look certain to leave.

So Dzeko fits the bill perfectly even if he did turn 33 last month.

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