Slaven Bilic handed reported transfer target Mario Mandzukic his international debut

Mario Mandzukic celebrates

West Ham United have been linked with a move to sign the Croatian international.

Mario Mandzukic celebratesMario Mandzukic celebrates

West Ham United have been on an extensive striker hunt this summer. The list of frontmen being linked with a move to Upton Park in recent weeks has been extensive and the latest name to be linked with a move to the club is Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic – as reported by the Daily Mail.

It is reported that the club are eyeing up Mandzukic as an alternative to Carlos Bacca – who is dawdling over a potential move to the Olympic Stadium.

Slaven Bilic talks tactics with Mario MandzukicSlaven Bilic talks tactics with Mario Mandzukic

Of course if Mandzukic was to move to West Ham it would reunite him with a man he knows very well.

Slaven Bilic has an established history with the Croatian from his time as both head coach of the Croatian senior and under-21 national teams.

Croatia's Mario Mandzukic applauds fans after the gameCroatia's Mario Mandzukic applauds fans after the game

In fact, Bilic handed him his debut for both national teams in 2006 for the under-21s and against Macedonia for the senior side in March 2007.

Napoli's Gonzalo Higuain celebrates after scoring against UdineseNapoli's Gonzalo Higuain celebrates after scoring against Udinese

Mandzukic faces a fight to be the regular starting striker at Juventus this upcoming season, with Paulo Dybala and Simone Zaza for competition and rumours of Gonzalo Higuain heading to the club.

Hopefully Bilic can use his links to bring in the big striker this summer.

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