Despite an obvious desire to bring in a striker at the London Stadium, West Ham is joining the race to sign 29-year-old Nicolai Müller from Hamburg (HSV).
The right sided midfielder has a contract in Germany that is set to expire next summer and Hamburg could be forced to cash in on Müller with a number of clubs mulling over a £8.7m move for the German international, according to reports from Bild.
The midfielder spent over a month on the sidelines for Hamburg last season, suffering ligament damage during the back end of the Bundesliga campaign.
A number of German clubs, along with West Ham and Southampton, are interested in signing Müller this summer, despite HSV chairman Heribert Bruchhagen stating: “We will not sell Nicolai Müller”.
Nothing would say “we are trying to be extremely average” like bringing in Nicolai Muller #SaintsFC
— Blake (@BelgianSaint) July 5, 2017
Even with Bruchhagen being adamant the club will not sell Müller this summer, a transfer fee of roughly £9m will be difficult to turn down for a player who turns 30 in September and is in the last year of his contract.
Müller featured in 25 Bundesliga games for Die Rothosen last season, scoring five goals and assisting another seven.
Eye-catching performances in a 2-1 victory over Schalke 04 and in a difficult away victory at RB Leipzig have made Müller a popular transfer target leading into the summer window.
Hammers fans will be desperate that the club focuses on signing a star striker to spearhead their attack for the upcoming campaign, however, the acquisition of Müller will only strengthen an attack that scored just 47 Premier League goals last season.