Liverpool to face competition from Besiktas for Fiorentina striker

Besiktas have joined the race to sign Mario Gomez from Fiorentina according to  Radyospor.

The Turkish sports radio station claim that Besiktas have set aside €4 million to loan the Germany international for the season. The report goes onto state that Gomez is open to a move to the Turkish Super League this summer.

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Galatasaray withdrew their interest in Gomez yesterday evening after failing to agree a loan-fee with the Serie A side.

The Istanbul giants sold Demba Ba to Shanghai Shenhua for €14 million last month and are in the market for a replacement striker.

The Independent stated that Liverpool are considering swapping Mario Balotelli with Mario Gomez.

Gomez has a grand total of 166 goals in 308 appearances in all competitions throughout his professional career.

Balotelli joined Liverpool from AC Milan for €20 million but has managed to score just four goals in 28 appearances.

The 24-year-old has previously played for Manchester City, AC Milan, Inter Milan and Lumezzane.