West Ham United have been heavily linked with a move for Juventus outcast Mario Mandzukic in January.
According to reports in the likes of The Mirror West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini has his eyes on bringing in the 245-goal striker who is out of favour at Juve.
The Mirror claimed West Ham wanted to sign the 33-year-old Croatian on loan in January despite reservations about his age.
Mandzukic has scored 212 club goals in a superb career and a further 33 for his national team.
West Ham linked Mandzukic set for Juventus exit
But his time at Juventus looks to be nearing an end. He is yet to feature for Juve this season under new manager Maurizio Sarri. And to add insult to injury he was also left out of the Italian giants’ Champions League squad.
The veteran forward has been linked with West Ham in the past too.
A new report has cast doubt over any move, though.
New report cast doubt on Hammers move
“Manchester United will have to spend £10million if they want to sign Mario Mandzukic from Juventus in the January transfer window but the player has reached a verbal agreement with the Red Devils,” The Express reports.
Until the move is signed, sealed and delivered there will still be hope for Pellegrini.
One thing is for certain the Chilean could do with more options up front.
West Ham shipped out all five of last season’s strikers with Andy Carroll, Marko Arnautovic, Lucas Perez, Javier Hernandez and Jordan Hugill departing.
Only record £45million signing Sebastien Haller and low cost gamble Albian Ajeti arrived in their stead.
Pellegrini ‘desperate’ for new striker, but will owners cough up?
Haller has made a superb start to life with the Irons. But Ajeti has failed to impress in his two cup appearances so far.
According to fellow Hammers site Claret and Hugh, Pellegrini is ‘desperate’ to sign a new forward in the winter window.
Whether owners David Sullivan and David Gold release the funds to provide a new striker remains to be seen.
But there should be plenty of money available given the paltry net summer spend of £25million and the huge savings West Ham are making in wages compared to last season after clearing the decks of 11 players.