Maxi Gomez is waiting to see if Tottenham Hotspur make a bid for him this summer, per the Daily Mirror, amid rival interest from West Ham United.
The Celta Vigo striker is wanted by the Hammers this summer.
Football FanCast understands that the club’s Director of Football Mario Husillos is attempting to negotiate a deal with the Spanish club as Manuel Pellegrini looks to strengthen his strikeforce.
However, the Mirror claim that the Uruguay international, who scored 13 goals in La Liga last season, is waiting to see if Spurs will make a move for him as they seek back-up to Harry Kane.
Indeed, the club are set to allow Fernando Llorente to depart upon the expiration of his contract, leaving Vincent Janssen, who played just three games in 2018/19, as the England captain’s deputy.
But is Gomez right to potentially miss out on a move to east London as he looks to become a second-choice striker?
Football FanCast’s writers give their verdicts below!
“If Gomez thinks he can get a move to Tottenham then of course he is right to wait for them to come in for him. Spurs don’t have much depth up top, and they represent a great chance for Gomez to get a game at a top club.
“With all due respect to West Ham, they won’t be challenging for the same type of silverware as Spurs. Every player’s dream is to win trophies and Spurs have a much greater chance of doing that than the Irons – just a month ago they were playing in the Champions League final.
“On top of that, Mauricio Pochettino’s side are regulars in the competition, and any self-respecting footballer would have aspirations of playing in Europe’s most elite tournament. You can’t blame him for wanting to wait and see if Spurs come in for him.”
“It’s difficult to work out whether he’s right to hold out for a move because it depends on his aspirations. If he wants to play regular football then he should obviously choose West Ham but if he wants a better shot at competing for honours, he’s right to hold out for a move to Spurs. It seems as though he’s willing to play back-up to Kane too, with the player reportedly waiting for them to make a bid.
“After Llorente’s impact it’s easy to see why. The Spaniard popped up with eight goals, proving to offer a completely different option to Kane, and will be remembered as something of a cult hero in north London after playing such a key role in them reaching the Champions League final.
“Gomez could provide the same kind of threat, winning four aerial duels per game last term. On that evidence, he’d be a very good plan B – the more useful he proves in that respect, the more games he’ll end up playing.
“In terms of his own development, however, West Ham would be a better choice. He could easily end up starting every week for the east Londoners and proving what he can do consistently in the Premier League.”
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“It wouldn’t be a surprise if he was holding out for a move to Tottenham Hotspur, but he’d be better off joining West Ham for his career. The Uruguay international is obviously keen on the idea of playing Champions League football, but what he needs to remember is that if he were to link up with the north London outfit, he would likely be playing back-up to Kane more often than not.
“On the contrary, he would have a good chance of being a first-choice starter and playing more minutes at the London Stadium under Pellegrini, given he has been described as the Chilean’s number one target this summer. At 22 years of age the South American attacker has time on his side, and he should look to prove himself at a club like the Hammers before moving on to a bigger one in the future. All in all, he’d be making the wrong career move by opting for Spurs.”