Speaking to Dogan News Agency (as cited by Calcio Mercato), Besiktas spokesman Metin Albayrak has explained that West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic is not interested in making a move for Mario Gomez.
West Ham’s desire to sign a new striker this summer has been well publicised but despite their best attempts, the Hammers have faced frustration in their hopes of signing top targets such as Carlos Bacca, Alexandre Lacazette and Simone Zaza among others.
With less than two weeks to go before the start of the upcoming Premier League campaign, West Ham are currently said to be looking at other targets to strengthen their attack and the Daily Mirror had claimed the London based side were keen on signing German international Gomez.
Gomez scored an impressive 28 goals in 41 appearances while on loan at Besiktas from Fiorentina last season but the striker has revealed that he does not intend to return back to Istanbul due to the political situation in Turkey at the moment (Sky Sports).
As a result, a number of clubs are said to be keen on signing Gomez this summer and the Daily Mirror had claimed that West Ham were considering a £7 million swoop for the 31-year-old.
However, West Ham’s alleged interest in Gomez has now been refuted by Besiktas. The spokesman of the Turkish side, Metin Albayrak, revealed that he had a chat with West Ham boss Slaven Bilic regarding Gomez and he was told that the Hammers are not interested in the striker.
Speaking to Dogan News Agency, Albayrak said, “This morning I spoke on the phone with Slaven Bilic, who assured me that West Ham United is not interested.”
The Besiktas spokesman then went on to add that the Turkish side still harbor hopes of signing Gomez despite his public announcement but stated that they face competition from the likes of Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund.
He continued, “We still hope to have him with us, and so do our fans. But it is very difficult, we are following the situation closely and we know that Mario is in contact with Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund."