Wolfsburg coy on interest in Fiorentina and Germany striker Mario Gomez

Mario Gomez has been ruled out of the remainder of Euro 2016.

Wolfsburg say they are considering “several options” over signing a new striker amid reports of a move for Germany international Mario Gomez.

Gomez, 30, was ruled out for the remainder of Euro 2016 after sustaining a muscle injury in the quarterfinal penalty shootout win against Italy.

The former Bayern Munich forward had returned to the national team after missing the 2014 World Cup following an injury-ridden first year at Fiorentina.

When things did not improve for the striker the next season, he left Serie A and joined Turkish SuperLig club Besiktas, where he became the league’s top scorer with 26 goals and also won the league title.

However, Gomez remains under contract at Fiorentina, who have said they do not want to keep the Germany international.

During the Euros, the forward had declined to discuss his future, but speaking to reporters at the start of their preseason on Monday, Wolfsburg sporting director Klaus Allofs did not reject reports linking Gomez with a Bundesliga return.

“We are looking for a good forward,” Allofs told reporters, and when specifically asked about Gomez, he added: “I can’t hand in a wishlist. We are considering several options.”

Gomez was linked with Wolfsburg in May, and at the time local paper Wolfsburger Allgemeine Zeitung reported that when forward Bas Dost sustained an injury in January the club hoped to land the attacker who came through the ranks at Stuttgart.

Stephan Uersfeld is a Germany correspondent for ESPN FC and runs a blog Dietfried Dembowski. Follow him on Twitter @uersfeld.

The original version of this story which was published by ESPN can be viewed here.

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