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Everton and West Ham dealt blow as Roma lead Mario Gotze free transfer race

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Everton and West Ham dealt blow as Roma lead Mario Gotze free transfer race

The German international reportedly wants to make a move to Italy.

Everton and West Ham United are said to be interested in the signature of Mario Gotze, according to reports. 

The German international, who famously scored the winning goal in the 2014 World Cup final, is out of contract at Borussia Dortmund in the summer. 

As reported by Bild, Everton and West Ham are keen on the player, if he agrees to a reduction in his £170k-a-week wages. 

Both Everton and West Ham will be looking to improve their squads this season and with the global health crisis taking its toll on the financial side of the game, a free agent of Gotze’s calibre will undoubtedly be a huge potential signing. 

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However, the emerging interest of AS Roma could be bad news for both Premier League clubs. 

 

As reported by Corriere dello Sport, Roma are already at the front of the queue regarding the potential arrival of Gotze. 

The problem for Everton and West Ham, is the same one impacting both Bayer Leverkusen and Hertha Berlin. The German sides are also keen on the player but, according to SportBild, Gotze wants to move abroad with a preference for Italy. 

With Roma already a significant rival to Everton or West Ham, without Gotze’s apparent fondness for Italy, it seems any hope of signing the 2014 World Cup hero could be in jeopardy.

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