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West Ham United are attempting to hijack Valencia’s move for Celta Vigo striker Maxi Gomez, per ClaretandHugh.
A separate ClaretandHugh report claims that the Uruguay international has been the subject of a bid from a rival La Liga club, with Valencia offering around £16m plus Santi Mina and another player on loan.
However, with Marko Arnautovic likely to leave the club this summer, after a bid from China, the Hammers are said to have re-entered the bidding, tabling an offer worth £36m in cash for the Celta forward.
Gomez has a £45m release clause in his contract and Football FanCast understands that Director of Football Mario Husillos remains in talks with Gomez’s representatives and Celta over a possible deal.
The 22-year-old is said to be keen to remain in Spain, however.
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There is a simple way for West Ham to get their man: Pay the £45m.
Celta told the Hammers to do this in January when they made their first approach and FFC understands that the stance hasn’t changed.
Valencia, of course, have offered players as part of the deal and the Hammers are unlikely to follow in those footsteps.
The simple way through, then, is to simply trigger the clause.
Otherwise, they face being left disappointed as they look to secure their first striker signing of the summer.