West Ham United could be set to move for Hamburg winger Nicolai Muller after it was revealed by Hamburger Morgenpost that he would not be offered a new contract at the Bundesliga club.
The Hammers were first linked with a move for the 30-year-old in Bild last summer, but any talk of him leaving during that window was put on hold when he suffered a bizarre injury in August.
After scoring the opening goal of Hamburg’s campaign eight minutes into the clash with Augsburg, Muller leapt into the air to celebrate but landed awkwardly and sustained cruciate ligament damage to his right knee.
The Germany international has not played since and although he recently returned to training, he is only able to do very light ball work.
Der Dino are looking likely to be relegated this term and it is thus not expected that Muller will be offered a new deal, meaning he could well have played his last game for the side.
Schalke are also interested in his signature but West Ham have a slight advantage in that as a foreign team they are free to negotiate with the attacker now, as opposed to when his contract expires.
With 17 strikes and 16 assists to his name since arriving from Mainz in 2014, on average Muller contributes directly to a goal in just under every three matches and, depending on his fitness, could be a player to make the difference at the sharp end of the pitch.
Nonetheless, the Irons’ own battle against the drop in England will doubtless play a major role in deciding how they are able to conduct transfer business this summer.
Sitting three points above the Premier League relegation zone, West Ham are not in action until March 31 when they face off against fellow strugglers Southampton.