Borussia Dortmund are said to be in the search for a striker to replace €19.4 million summer signing Ciro Immobile after an extremely underwhelming start to the season.
According to Eurosport, Jurgen Klopp wants to replace Italian international Ciro Immobile in January with PEC Zwolle loan star Tomas Necid, who is out of contract at the end of the season. The report goes on to state the German side are not the only ones, with Feynoord and Ajax also watching the player.
Last season, Immobile was rated as one of the top strikers in Serie A and even won the golden boot over the likes of Carlos Tevez, Antonio Di Natale and Gonzalo Higuain. However, that achievement means very little now after a start to the season which has seen the Italian international net just 3 Bundesliga goals in 13 games - a rate of less than one goal every four games. Although, it has to be said his record in the Champions League - four goals in five games - is more respectable.
In the summer, prior to the forward going to the World Cup, Borussia Dortmund were able to beat off reported competition from Tottenham Hotspur to his signature in order to parade him as Robert Lewandowski's replacement. Although, six months down the line, the transfer doesn't look good for any of the parties involved.
Tottenham, who are largely relying on their midfield and Harry Kane to get the goals, could still do with another striker with Immobile's ability at the club. Torino, who were flying last season while Immobile was scoring, have found life without their top goalscorer difficult and sit just six points from the relegation zone.
The German club, on the other hand, are unequalled when it comes to problems and their current situation is well-documented all the way around Europe. Since 2013, when Dortmund reached the Champions League final, it has been nothing but injuries and problems for Jurgen Klopp, but even he couldn't have expected the capitulation of his side to be as bad as it has been.
As it stands, with half the season gone, Klopp's side would be relegated from the top division as they sit 17th out of 18 sides - a shocking turn around, especially when you consider the talent their squad still contains.