West Ham are preparing a shock move for former Manchester City striker and currently with Roma – Edin Dzeko, according to reports from Italian media.
The Hammers are believed to include more firepower in their forward line this summer and Gazzetta dello Sport has reported that £20m-rated Dzeko is on their radar.
The 30-year-old Bosnian striker left England for Serie A side Roma back in August for a fee in the region of €11m but has endured a mixed debut season in Italian football, netting just 7 goals with 7 assists in 25 appearances so far.
Latest reports suggest that West Ham manager Slaven Bilic, who is a long-term admirer of the Bosnian striker, thinks he could tempt him to east London.
Bilic’s team haven’t been able to secure a berth in next season’s Champions League so far and, with their long-awaited move to the Olympic Stadium set for this summer, West Ham has certainly emerged as a very attractive proposition.
And it could be enough for Dzeko to make a move back to England leaving Italy and try to have another crack at Premier League following his five-year spell at Manchester City.
The Hammers should have been sitting fourth if the dodgy penalty not awarded against them in the final throes of their clash against Chelse. Instead, the 2-2 draw combined with Manchester City’s defeat to United left them within a point.
The transfer targets have been spot on since January and manager Slaven Bilic, the supporters all are rooting for them to deliver Champions League football to the Olympic Stadium, West Ham’s new home from this summer.
Facing Arsenal and Leicester in successive weekends next month seems likely to shape where the end of their season is headed. Watford have managed to take many scalps, while Manchester United and Stoke in their last two matches will mean that, even if they get that far still in the title race, West Ham will need an almighty final push to catch their prize.
If a top four finish happens then there will be an exciting summer waiting for them and one they have not experienced before; being able to dig deep in the market for targets who want Champions League football with.
It will be of certainly huge importance and will also decide their future as a club with serious European ambitions or merely on a lucky run.