This article is part of Football FanCast’s Transfer Focus series, which provides opinion and analysis on recent transfer news…
West Ham United are prepared to offer Celta Vigo striker Maxi Gomez a weekly wage of £75,000 if he joins the Hammers this summer, sources have told Football FanCast.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side have already lost three strikers this summer after the departure of Marko Arnautovic to Shanghai SIPG on Monday. Lucas Perez and Andy Carroll had previously departed the Hammers.
The Irons boss has identified Gomez as the man he wants to replace the departed Austria international and has instructed the club’s Director of Football Mario Husillos to attempt to seal a deal, sources have said.
Husillos has subsequently spent the past few weeks in negotiations with the Spanish club as they attempt to reach a deal.
Gomez has a release clause in his contract that totals around €50m (£44.9m) and the Hammers are prepared to pay that, having been emboldened by the fee received for Arnautovic.
Shanghai paid around £23m for the striker and ClaretandHugh report that the fee has been paid up front, an unusual practice in transfers involving European clubs.
As such, they have been able to make a major push to sign Gomez, who has also been heavily linked with Valencia.
Representatives from the Hammers have told the striker’s camp that they are willing to offer him a wage of £75,000 plus bonuses related to his performance.
Arnautovic, who negotiated a pay rise in January, earned £130,000-per-week prior to his departure and has doubled his money with a move to the Far East, per a club insider.
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Gomez will be a cheaper option, then, but it would be a major boon for the player, who currently earns under £20,000-per-week at Celta.
Nevertheless, they will be forced to wait for the player to make a decision; sources claimed last month that he was keen to remain in Spain and Valencia’s offer remains on the table.
West Ham are confident that they have outbid Los Che, but their offer is complicated by the fact that the second Liga club are offering players as part of the deal.
One figure within the Hammers with knowledge of the negotiations for Gomez told FFC that Valencia offered an initial £16m plus Santi Mina and another player on loan.
It remains to be seen if the east London outfit will eventually win out as they look to make Gomez their most expensive purchase ever, eclipsing the £36m paid for Felipe Anderson last summer.