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West Ham United have been linked with a move for Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic, according to a report in The Mirror.

The 33-year-old was previously linked with a move to Manchester United but nothing ended up materialising in the end.

West Ham currently have a bit of a problem in terms of strikers. Sebastien Haller is currently in good form and the club’s first-choice striker, however, Javier Hernandez’s departure to Sevilla means that the Hammers are currently short of options to provide cover to Haller.

Albian Ajeti is available and has shown some positive signs, however, the 22-year-old is still inexperienced and remains untested at the highest level.

It remains to be seen whether West Ham will move for Mandzukic in January, but such a move seems speculative.

Mandzukic is 33-years-old and while he can still score goals at the highest level, he is past his prime.

Michail Antonio is set to be available again in January and Manuel Pellegrini will have the option to use him as cover for Haller.

West Ham should ideally avoid signing Mandzukic and instead opt for a player who is younger and hungry for goals.

They should only really sign a player such as Mandzukic if an emergency situation arises.

The Hammers will be aiming for a solid finish on the top half of the standings this season and to potentially secure Europa League action next term.

After four games, they are currently in seventh position and have made a decent start to the new season.

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