Manchester United prepare January bid for Besiktas striker Mario Gomez

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Skenderbeu's Renato Arapi (L) vies with Besiktas' Mario Gomez (R) during the UEFA Europa League Group H football match between KF Skenderbeu and Besiktas JK at the Elbansan Arena in Elbasan on September 17, 2015. AFP PHOTO / GENT SHKULLAKU (Photo credit should read GENT SHKULLAKU/AFP/Getty Images)

Manchester United are pondering a bid for the German international striker Mario Gomez according to the Turkish newspaper Fanatik.

The report states that United scouts have been monitoring the 30-year-old this season and that Louis van Gaal has given the green light to sign him.

United boss Van Gaal recently praised Gomez which led to further speculation that a move for the experienced striker could be on the card.

“I was manager of Bayern, and there the striker was Mario Gomez, and he touched the ball nine times as an average in a game,” Van Gaal was quoted as saying by the Guardian.

Gomez has hit the ground running at Beşiktaş scoring nine times already this season and has attracted interest from Manchester United according to the Telegraph.

The 30-year-old was recalled to the Germany national team recently after impressing for Beşiktaş this season. The Black Eagles are currently first in the Turkish Super League two points clear of Fenerbahçe.

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