The Bundesliga is back this weekend and West Ham United fans will have particular interest in two players.

German football will have the whole world as a captive audience as fixtures return behind closed doors.

West Ham’s battle for Premier League survival has been on hold since March.

There is growing anxiety among some players over Project Restart in this country with West Ham’s Manuel Lanzini, Aaron Cresswell and vice-chairman Karren Brady raising concerns.

The eyes of the world is now on the Bundesliga and how it handles the season resumption behind closed doors.

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Moyes could see what he might be getting this summer

But it will also give West Ham boss David Moyes a chance to see what he could be getting in the summer when Borussia Dortmund take on Schalke at 2.30pm today.

The Hammers have been heavily linked with a move for Mario Gotze.

The midfielder, famed for scoring the winning goal in the 2014 World Cup final, is leaving Dortmund on a free transfer this summer.

And he has been linked with a move to West Ham by Sport Bild and The Evening Standard.

Gotze ticks so many boxes for Moyes, who will be scouting him for the remainder of the season (The Evening Standard).

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Gotze heavily linked with free move to West Ham, ticks several boxes

He possesses speed, technique and dribbling skills and can play as a playmaker as well as a second striker.

The global health crisis is expected to impact West Ham’s transfer budget. And importantly Gotze won’t cost West Ham anything.

While Gotze has been prone to injuries, at 27 he should still have some of his best years ahead of him.

 

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

While West Ham will get a chance to see what they might be getting, they will also see what they are missing out on when former midfielder Edimilson Fernandes gets back to action with Mainz on Sunday.

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Moyes will see what he is missing in Fernandes

The midfielder made 48 appearances for West Ham, racking up one goal and one assist in the process.

But in fairness to Fernandes, only 22 of those outings were starts.

The Swiss star is a box-to-box type midfielder with bundles of energy and athleticism.

West Ham fans were quick to point out he is just the kind of player the club desperately needed alongside Declan Rice this season.

Hammers fans were left scratching their heads when he and Pedro Obiang were sold while the club left themselves with only ageing flop Carlos Sanchez as back-up in one of the most crucial positions on the pitch.

Fernandes was a key part of the side when Moyes was West Ham boss first time around.

But Manuel Pellegrini did not fancy him at all. The Chilean first shipped him out on loan and then sold him to Mainz for £7million last summer.

He has been starring for the German side ever since. And his influence in the heart of the Swiss national side has been growing too.

Mainz take on FC Koln on Sunday at 2.30pm.

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