According to reports in The Mirror, West Ham United want Celta Vigo striker Maxi Gomez and have seen a £27m bid rejected for the £35m-rated centre-forward, and their London rivals Tottenham Hotspur must hijack any deal.
Well, The Mirror report that Irons boss Manuel Pellegrini is determined to ensure that his squad doesn’t lack any depth when the transfer window slams shut on August 9, and the Chilean obviously feels that he needs another striker if reports are to be believed.
Despite having Marko Arnautovic, Javier Hernandez, Toni Martinez and Jordan Hugill currently available – although the latter is expected to go before the deadline – the former Man City man doesn’t appear to be satisfied – especially with Andy Carroll also yet again on the sidelines through injury.
It is no surprise that Gomez has caught his eye following a stunning debut season in La Liga with Celta Vigo, in which he scored 18 goals and provided a further five assists in 36 appearances, before playing back-up to Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani for Uruguay at the 2018 World Cup.
Well, reports in The Evening Standard suggest Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino wants to offload both Fernando Llorente and Vincent Janssen before next Thursday with both struggling in their role as back-up to Harry Kane previously, and Gomez certainly looks as though he would be a step up.
The 21-year-old has all of the attributes and the goalscoring prowess to be a success with the north London outfit, and with the quality and potential he has given his age it would certainly be third time lucky for Pochettino, who can save his team’s transfer window by sealing a major cut-price deal, when it comes to signing big-money strikers.
He certainly looks to be worth the £35m fee, given he is already showing he is good enough to allow Kane to have the rest he often looks as though he requires during the busy season.