According to reports on talkSPORT earlier this week, West Ham United are keen to sign Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic this summer.
With Michail Antonio – who has played the majority of the season at right-back – being the Irons’ top goalscorer this term with nine goals, Hammers manager Slaven Bilic is determined to finally find an attacker that can regularly find the net.
While Andy Carroll has shown glimpses that he can do that during his Hammers career, the continued doubts over his fitness mean that Bilic may have finally lost patience with the former Newcastle and Liverpool man.
The Croatian boss worked with his compatriot Mandzukic during his reign with the national side, but the 30-year-old’s stats from the current campaign suggest that a deal for the striker would be something of a risk.
Despite being prolific in recent years, he has scored just five goals in 25 Serie A appearances for Juve this season, with those coming from 36 efforts at goal.
That means he has an overall shot accuracy of 36%, which might not exactly excite Hammers supporters who saw Simone Zaza come and go in the first half of the campaign without scoring a single goal.
While his goal record might not be remarkable, Mandzukic has shown he has something to offer when it comes to setting up his teammates, recording three assists and 22 key passes, and he has also shown his strength in the air by winning 62 aerial duels in Serie A this term.
But that might not be enough to convince Bilic and the Irons supporters that Mandzukic is the long-term answer to their striking problem.