West Ham have had a bid of £27m rejected for Celta Vigo striker Maxi Gomez, according to The Evening Standard, and Wolves must take advantage by offering closer to the £35m asking price.
The 21-year-old Uruguay international netted 18 goals in 36 La Liga games last season as Celta Vigo finished 13th, before making two substitute appearances for his country at this summer’s World Cup in Russia.
New Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini has already made seven signings this summer as he looks to rebuild the squad that ended last season also in 13th place in the Premier League. However, with Andy Carroll facing another lengthy spell on the sidelines following surgery to his ankle, The Evening Standard reports that the Chilean manager is looking to add a more physical presence to his strike force alongside Javier Hernandez.
At 6ft 1in, Gomez is clearly the man to fill the gap as he brings goals as well as the ability to hold the ball up and at 21-years-old he has the best years of his career ahead of him.
Wolves were promoted from the Premier League last season as champions of England’s second division with 99 points as boss Nuno Espirito Santo introduced his 3-4-3 formation to the West Midlands side. Striker Leo Bonatini, who has made his loan deal permanent this summer, netted 12 goals in 43 league appearances.
Although this may not be a bad return, bringing in a striker with real goalscoring quality such as Gomez could secure Wolves a top-half finish with all the other quality they have signed this summer and the last. With Diogo Jota, Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho all able to deliver a ball into the box on a sixpence and nine of Gomez’s goals for Celta Vigo last season coming from headers, according to WhoScored, it would be a recipe for goals at Molineux.
Having already spent over £40m this summer, it is clear that the Wolves owners are keen to back Santo to keep them in the Premier League and a deal for Gomez could be the final piece of the puzzle.
So, Wolves fans, having confirmed the captures of Leo Bonatini and Raul Jimenez already this summer, do you think the club needs to sign another striker before the window closes?