Paper Talk: West Ham in shock move for Man Utd strike target

Date published: Thursday 5th September 2019 8:22

West Ham are ready to hand a lifeline to a Juventus star as they look to solve their striker crisis, while two LaLiga sides are keen on a Chelsea stalwart, according to Thursday’s papers.



Mario Mandzukic could be offered a Premier League lifeline after failing to secure a move to Manchester United – with West Ham reportedly keen on the veteran Juventus striker.

Mandzukic was strongly linked with a move to Old Trafford this summer, as the Red Devils prepared for Romelu Lukaku’s departure to Inter Milan.

However, at the age of 33, the Juve star did not fit the profile of players Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking to sign – with the United boss looking for younger players who can play a higher tempo style of football.

And now the Daily Mirror reports that the Hammers are lining up a January swoop for Mandzukic, who has yet to play for the Italian giants this season and did not make their Champions League squad.

Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini is currently dealing with a striker crisis at the London Stadium, following the sale of Javier Hernandez to Sevilla and a serious injury sustained by central striking option Michail Antonio.

West Ham also allowed Marko Arnautovic, Lucas Perez and Andy Carroll to exit the club, leaving them woefully short of striking options until the new year.

Antonio is expected to be sidelined for up to five months after a hamstring injury, meaning West Ham’s only senior options up front are Sebastien Haller and Albian Ajeti, who has yet to make his Premier League debut.

Pellegrini also added 22-year-old Portuguese forward Xande Silva to his Premier League squad following the departure of Hernandez, but Silva, a £1.3m signing from Vitoria Guimaraes last summer, has played just 17 minutes of top-flight action and is around a month away from fitness after an emergency bowel operation.

The report goes on to add that the Hammers also have concerns over the age of Mandzukic, so a loan deal would appear to be more likely than a permanent switch.


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