According to Sky Sports, West Ham United have had a bid of £18m for Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes rejected, with the La Liga champions looking for between £25m-£35m.
The Portugal international is very much in demand following an impressive season-long loan spell with Everton in 2018/19, and Sky Sports report that the Hammers won’t be dissuaded by the fact they have seen an offer turned down, and will do their utmost to bring him to the London Stadium.
The 25-year-old scored one goal and provided a further two assists in 29 appearances in all competitions for the Toffees this term, and generally impressed with his work both on and off the ball.
Manuel Pellegrini’s men clearly feel that the Barca man can strengthen their central midfield options, with Mark Noble getting no younger and Declan Rice potentially needing a new long-term partner.
Gomes certainly came up his fair share of opposition top flight midfielders during the campaign that ended earlier this month, and he showed that he has what it takes to go head-to-head with some of the best.
One of those is Leicester City’s Wilfred Ndidi, who has quickly established himself as one of the best defensive midfielders in the Premier League.
The Portuguese star wasn’t fazed by coming up against players like the impressive Nigeria international, and he showed the strength and grit he has in his locker in the photo above by outmuscling the Foxes ace.
The fight to sign Gomes could be interesting over the next few weeks, but the image is a clear indication is why West Ham must raise their offer to get a deal for the 25-year-old over the line.