Real Madrid star Mariano ‘offered to West Ham for January transfer’ as David Moyes mulls over deal for striker

REAL MADRID star Mariano Diaz has reportedly been offered to West Ham on a loan deal in January with an option to buy.

The 27-year-old, who joined from Lyon in 2018 for £21million, has fallen out of favour under Zinedine Zidane.

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According to Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport, Mariano was offered to Serie A giants Roma and AC Milan in the summer.

Yet the striker ultimately stayed in Spain and the report adds that West Ham are now being eyed as a possible destination in January.

The Hammers would likely take Mariano on loan with an option to buy at the end of the season.

The Spanish-born forward, who is believed to be keen on a move to the Premier League, was linked with a move to West Brom last summer.

West Ham meanwhile are keen to bolster their attack after boss David Moyes missed out on signing Bournemouth’s Josh King.

Sebastian Haller has struggled to settle in East London after the Irons forked out a club record £42m to sign him from Frankfurt last year.

But Mariano has already proven his ability to play in the lone striker role to help support Moyes’ preferred choice Michail Antonio.

The former Badalona prospect racked up 18 goals for Lyon in a similar formation during the one season he spent at the Ligue 1 outfit.

Yet he has since found opportunities to impress at Madrid hard to come by after being limited to just 1,000 minutes across two stints for the club.

Mariano has also only made two outings under Zidane this season.

Yet he did manage to get on the scoresheet in one of those – the 1-1 draw with Villarreal on Saturday.


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