West Ham to increase bid for Barcelona star

West Ham United are set to make a new bid for Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes, per Claret and Hugh.

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The Hammers are hopeful of securing a deal to sign the Portugal international, who spent the season on loan at Everton.

Gomes made a total of 29 appearances in all competitions during his time at the Toffees.

The Irons opened the bidding with an offer of £18million, which was rejected by the Catalan giants, and the report claims that the club are now willing to spend as much as £25m on the player.

Manuel Pellegrini is said to be keen to secure the midfielder and has instructed co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan to agree terms.

Tottenham Hotspur have also been linked with a move for Gomes, with Mauricio Pochettino also believed to be hopeful of bringing the star in.

The all-around midfielder

West Ham need Gomes.

This is a midfielder who is capable of doing everything and emerged as a star during his spell at Goodison Park.

Per WhoScored, he makes 1.4 tackles per game, 1.5 dribbles, and has a pass completion rate of 84.8%.

He would offer a robust, accurate presence in midfield and complement the assiduous presence of Declan Rice.

At £25m, this would be something of a snip but it remains to be seen if the Hammers can fight off the competition, with Spurs also reported to be keen on striking a deal.

If they can, they might well have found the perfect midfield signing.