West Ham United are ready to end their striker woes by making a move for Juventus forward Mario Mandzukic in January, according to The Sun.

The Hammers were in the market for a new number nine over the summer but a host of high-profile players reportedly turned them down.

Slaven Bilic ended up concluding a loan deal for Simone Zaza from Juventus, but the Italy international has had a disappointing start to life in the Premier League.

The Croatian boss is reportedly eyeing up a move for his compatriot Mandzukic in January, in what would be a shock transfer.

The former Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich attacker has started nine Serie A games for Juventus this season and scored three goals, but faces competition for a place in the side from Argentinian duo Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain.

The report suggests that West Ham are ready to break the bank to land Mandzukic and would make him the main man in Bilic’s forward line.


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