According to Sky Sports, West Ham United are one of three Premier League clubs targeting a summer move for Borussia Dortmund attacking midfielder Mario Gotze.
Well, Sky Sports report that the Irons, along with top flight rivals Arsenal and Everton and European sides Valencia and Marseille are keen on the Germany international, who has struggled to replicate the form that earned him a move to Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich in 2013.
Gotze joined Bayern from Dortmund back then, and rejoined his former team last summer in order to try and kick-start his career, but it failed to happen.
Sky Sports report that the Bundesliga giants will be keen to recoup as much of the £22m fee they paid for the 26-year-old last summer that they can, given he has two years remaining on his contract.
The 2014 World Cup winner had a few injury niggles throughout the season that may have affected him, and he ended it with two goals and further seven assists in 32 appearances in all competitions for Dortmund.
While he did show more than a glimpse of the quality he has at times – he made 58 key passes in those outings as per WhoScored.com – it is nowhere the quality that saw him score the winning goal for his country in a World Cup final, and perhaps a fresh start in another country could be just what he needs.
He would be a huge one, and perhaps even bigger than their Carlos Tevez and Dimitri Payet additions during the Premier League era in terms of the impact he would make.
While Gotze may not be at the top of his game right now, it doesn’t mean that he isn’t a quality player that could shine for the Irons, who may need to sell a popular 28-year-old attacker to get a deal for Jean Michael Seri over the line, in the future – especially if he costs £22m or less.
A move to England where he would be a star man could reinvigorate him, and the fact that he is so well known because of his previous exploits for Germany would surely mean that he could help tempt more high-profile names to come to the London Stadium.
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