West Ham must make shock Romain Saiss move if Wolves sign Andre Gomes

According to an exclusive report by TEAMtalk, Wolverhampton Wanderers could follow up the confirmed signing of Joao Moutinho on Tuesday by moving for Barcelona’s Andre Gomes, and their Premier League rivals West Ham United should be watching developments closely.

What’s the word, then?

Andre Gomes in action for Barcelona

Well, Wolves announced that the experienced Moutinho had joined on Tuesday to strengthen manager Nuno Santo’s options in the middle of the park, and now it seems as though he wants Barca man Gomes too, as per TEAMtalk.

TEAMtalk report that the Portugal international could cost £35m however, and it remains to be seen whether the newly-promoted team are willing to splash that much cash on him, even with their high ambitions and help from super-agent Jorge Mendes.

Should they seal an audacious swoop for Gomes, the 24-year-old would be competing for a spot in the XI alongside the likes of Moutinho, Ruben Neves, Romain Saiss and Pedro Goncalves.

Why should West Ham be monitoring the situation?

Well, while the Irons have been busy at work strengthening a number of different positions during the summer transfer window thus far, they are still yet to bring in the defensive midfielder they desperately looked to need following the end of a disappointing 2017/18 campaign.

Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini, who must sign a 6ft 2in Manchester United star once the Red Devils seal a big-money deal, will surely be aware of the situation, and with Pedro Obiang and Cheikhou Kouyate both linked with exits, the Chilean manager could step up his search in the coming days.

Saiss, who is primarily a defensive midfielder but can also play as a centre-back when needed – as he did for Morocco at the 2018 World Cup – shone for Wolves as they won promotion to the Premier League last term, and there is no doubt that the powerful 6ft 3in tall enforcer would bring a lot to the middle of the park for the east London outfit.