German footballing legend Michael Rummenigge suggested that Mario Gotze could join a club like West Ham in the summer, when writing his regular column for SPORTBUZZER.
The German World Cup winner, 27, is out of contract with Borussia Dortmund in the summer. And he could be available on a free transfer at the end of this season, if he doesn’t sign a new deal with the Bundesliga giants.
So could Gotze actually be worth a punt for the Hammers?
The 27-year-old was just 22 when he scored the winning goal in the World Cup final for Germany in 2014.
Ok, his career has gone in the wrong direction since then. But his talent is obvious. He seems to have just lost his way recently.
But snapping him up on a free might just be worth the risk for West Ham.
Gotze has racked up 45 goals and 61 assists in 217 games for Dortmund (Transfermarkt).
In 13 Bundesliga outings this season, the 27-year-old has averaged 19.5 passes per game with an impressive completion rate of 85% (Who Scored).
On his day, the 63-capped Germany international was one of the best attackers in world football.
He can play anywhere along the front-line, although he is probably at his best when deployed just in behind the striker.
The Dortmund ace would obviously demand massive wages. But if West Ham offered him a short-term deal, they would limit the risk involved in signing him.
Gotze is still just 27. So if the German re-focuses and works heard in training, he could still return to somewhere near his best.
And the Dortmund ace would be a real asset for West Ham, if he manages to do just that.
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