According to a report from the Evening Standard, West Ham boss David Moyes plans to scout Borussia Dortmund ace Mario Gotze when German league action resumes.
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The Hammers will be keen to bolster their ranks this summer.
But that may prove tricky, considering the current climate and the financial ramifications caused by the ongoing global health crisis.
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.
So Gotze’s availability on a free transfer will obviously be an attractive option for West Ham.
The 27-year-old has already announced that he will be leaving Dortmund when his contract expires at the end of this season, quoted via the Evening Standard:
“Today I would like to announce that after intensive consideration, I have decided to make a change in the planning of my career. I have consciously taken my time over this step. It is an important decision for my sporting future. What the sporting future will bring will only become apparent when a little normality has returned to the world.”
And he might be a great bargain signing for West Ham.
The Bundesliga is set to resume on Saturday May 16th (Telegraph). So Moyes will have plenty of chances to watch the Dortmund ace in action.
Gotze has racked up 45 goals and 61 assists in 217 games for Dortmund (Transfermarkt).
In 13 Bundesliga outings this season, the 27-year-old has averaged 19.5 passes per game with an impressive completion rate of 85% (Who Scored).
He is clearly not the player he once was. But who’s to say that he couldn’t recapture his best form if he moved away from Germany for a fresh challenge?
Gotze has an extremely impressive footballing CV, with a World Cup winner’s medal and five Bundesliga titles to his name.
The 27-year-old scored the wining goal in the 2014 World Cup final.
And it now remains to be seen whether West Ham are prepared to take a punt on the German.