West Ham United will have to look at alternative options in their bid for a new striker with Mario Mandzukic nearing a move to Manchester United.

According to The Express, the 33-year-old forward has reached a verbal agreement with Man United over a January move after falling out of favour at Juventus since Maurizio Sarri’s arrival.

Mandzukic is yet to feature for the Serie A champions this season and was excluded from their Champions League squad.

Manuel Pellegrini is a known suitor and West Ham are heavily linked with a move for the Croatia international during the summer, but nothing came to fruition.

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With Mandzukic now off the cards, the Hammers must look for alternative options as the need for attacking reinforcements grows.

None of last season’s strikers – Andy Carroll, Marko Arnautovic, Lucas Perez and Javier Hernandez – are at the club anymore which has left Pellegrini relying on Sebastien Haller to provide goals.

Albian Ajeti also arrived as a low-risk back-up option, but depth is still thin in the position and West Ham are being highly touted to act on it in January.

It’s unlikely the Hammers will splash out on a new frontman midway through the campaign, but a quality player to provide competition would be the perfect acquisition.

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