Slav’s Euro target watch well underway


GomezWest Ham boss Slaven Bilic – having become the nation’s favourite TV pundit at Euro 2016-  has also been busy watching his main summer targets.

ClaretandHugh reported prior to the tournament there would be no movement on strikers ahead of it as the boss was on a spying mission in France.

It has since emerged that one target is Mario Gomez who starred when on loan for Bilic’s former club Beskitas in the Turkish Super Lig last season. He scored 26 goals in 31 matches as the club won the Turkish title.

He has now scored twice at the tournament  and with a year left on his contract the 30 year old would be available at around £6-7 million.

Bilic is also watching various other targets and a Hammers source told us: “As we explained to you there was never going to be a lot of activity before the tournament but we can  expect to start seeing things happen far more quicky as we head into July.

“Slaven always wanted the opportunity of taking in the Euros before making his decisions. He’s a deeply thoughtful man and considers all his options before coming to a decision.”

However, as we reported earlier it is firmly undestood the Hammers have now been in touch with Gomez’s parent club Fiorentina with a view to doing a deal.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • The Ludo says:

    Mario Kempez…..there’s a Freudian one!!!!!!!!!

    Actually the way our striker search is going he would seem like the only realistic target!

  • noaksey1 says:

    If this guy Kempez is 30 and Gomez is soon to be 31,we’ll have the oldest forward line in the premiership.They’ll be drawing pensions not wages.

  • The Ludo says:

    Noaksey, are you for real fella 🙂

    I see the original error has now disappeared!!!!!!!

  • bubs says:

    Goal scorer works hard off the ball,no major injury problems
    Cheap and Slav likes him,
    Just the man to replace Emineke,
    With him and AC we would have are target men,we now need to replace Enner and sort the Sakho saga out one way or the other,
    Joel Campbell straight swap for Byram would be good business,

  • Stan The Madeira Cake Man says:

    Thanks fellas it is nice to come here & be able to understand what you are on about.Having just scooted over to Wetlands it was all a jumble of letters making up big words lol.But bullcrap is bullcrap no matter what words are used lol
    I have always admired Gomez as a striker,very good indeed.

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