In Focus: West Ham United should push for loan rather than permanent Gomes deal

West Ham United are planning to hold talks with Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes regarding a potential move, according to The Mirror.

What’s the story?

Slaven Bilic is seemingly still keen to bring in some new players before the transfer window slams shut.

So far, the East London outfit have recruited five new faces, but the midfield still requires some improvement.

The Mirror reports that the Hammers are due to speak to representatives of Gomes, who is seen as an alternative to William Carvalho.

The Portugal international has been part of the Barcelona setup since last year when he joined from Valencia, but game time has been hard to come by.

The midfielder started just 17 matches in La Liga and came off the bench in a further 13.

Is Gomes a risk?

Struggling to get a game for Barcelona is not a huge red flag when it comes to a club that are vying for top-half finishes and Europa League spots in the Premier League.

However, the Hammers would be looking for an instant impact, and given Gomes’s lack of regular minutes, he may take time to find his stride.

Last season, the 24-year-old scored three goals and produced one assist, indicating that he has quality to offer.

In addition, he was part of the Portugal squad that won the European Championships last summer.

The transfer does present a risk, though, so it would make sense for West Ham to attempt a loan deal rather than a permanent arrangement.

Bilic recruited plenty of Premier League experience when Pablo Zabaleta, Joe Hart, Marko Arnautovic and Javier Hernandez came through the welcome gates, but the team are yet to pick up a win this season having lost to Manchester United and Southampton.