West Ham are in desperate need of bolstering their forward lines this summer, so news that they may have fallen behind in the pecking order for this star is a major blow.
Turkish outlet Fotomac reports that Besiktas president Fikret Orman travelled to Turin last week to meet with Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic, who’s set to move on this summer.
The veteran Croatian has endured a difficult time with the Serie A giants, boasting just seven goals in 37 games this season, and Mandzukic, who turns 31 next month, is likely to be a major mover this summer.
The Sun has stated that West Ham are keen on the experienced forward, with Slaven Bilic being a big fan of his compatriot, but Besiktas’ move in the market could severely affect West Ham’s chances of a deal.
West Ham have struggled in front of goal this season and are in dire need of a top-class striker for next season, with Mandzukic being identified as a possible recruit.
Due to his age though, West Ham may feel it’s best to move for a younger striker but Mandzukic could be available for a low price.