Report: West Ham make contact with Fiorentina striker Mario Gomez over potential move

Germany's Mario Gomez reacts

Slaven Bilic could turn to the German international in his pursuit of another forward.

Germany's Mario Gomez celebrates after scoring their first goalGermany's Mario Gomez celebrates after scoring

West Ham have made contact with Mario Gomez’s representatives over a potential move, according to Tuttomercatoweb.

The Fiorentina striker was linked with the club last month but there now appears to be some movement, with the Hammers’ search for a frontman continuing to drag on without success.

The East End club have been frustrated in their attempts to sign a marquee forward and they may now turn their attention to the German international and hope for better luck.

Germany's Mario Gomez in action with Slovakia's Martin SkrtelGermany's Mario Gomez in action with Slovakia's Martin Skrtel

Gomez spent last season on loan at Besiktas – where he scored 28 goals in 41 appearances – and he no longer appears to have a future at his current club Fiorentina.

The former Bayern Munich star is a veteran of the game at 31-years of age and has been capped 68 times by Germany, scoring 29 goals in the process.

Germany's Mario Gomez celebrates after scoring their first goalGermany's Mario Gomez celebrates after scoring

The prospect of signing someone with 263 goals in 458 club appearances should be exciting for Hammers’ fans but doubts would surround Gomez if a move was to happen.

He is well into the twilight of his career and has had consistent fitness issues over the years. While his size and style of play seem suited to England, there is no guarantee that he will be able to cope with the pace of the game in the Premier League.

West Ham manager Slaven BilicWest Ham manager Slaven Bilic

West Ham already have a powerful target man in the form of Andy Carroll and previous links to the likes of Alexandre Lacazette and Carlos Bacca suggested Slaven Bilic was after something slightly different this summer.

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