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West Ham target Mario Mandzukic would be a great dressing room coup

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West Ham target Mario Mandzukic would be a great dressing room coup

West Ham United reportedly want to sign Mario Mandzukic in January.

As reported by The Mirror, the Croatia international has emerged as a potential target for the Hammers – most likely on loan – after becoming surplus to requirements at Juventus.

The 33-year-old was left out of the club’s Champions League squad, and is yet to feature under Maurizio Sarri this season.

(Photo by Daniele Badolato – Juventus FC/Juventus FC via Getty Images)

Reports linked the 6ft 3in star with a move to Manchester United in the summer, but a transfer to Old Trafford failed to materialise.

West Ham are currently light up top, with Sebastien Haller and untested youngster Albian Ajeti Manuel Pellegrini’s only options.

The club let Javier Hernandez leave for Sevilla on transfer deadline day, and Michail Antonio is looking at a four-month lay off after undergoing surgery on his hamstring (Evening Standard).

 

TBR’s view

Mandzukic could be a really shrewd addition by the Hammers.

Despite signing a new deal in April he’s seemingly unfavoured by Sarri, but he remains a quality player who has fairly unique attributes.

Despite his advancing years he can still offer versatility in attack and has never really relied on pace to be effective.

(Photo by Daniele Badolato – Juventus FC/Juventus FC via Getty Images)

Big-game player Mandzukic could be brilliant for the dressing room; he’s had a illustrious career and won a host of trophies with Dinamo Zagreb, Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid and Juve. He also, of course, experienced a World Cup final last summer with Croatia, and a Champions League final the year before that.

His record with injuries has been excellent over the years and all in all, West Ham could well be onto something.

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