Date: 31st January 2019 at 7:00am
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West Ham will not sign Celta Vigo striker Maxi Gomez either tomorrow or in the summer, according to El Desmarque. 

The Spanish outlet report that talks over a club-record £45million January deal for the 22-year-old slowed hugely after an initial approach, with the Hammers eventually confirming that Marko Arnautovic was set to stay at the club.

El Desmarque claim that West Ham are also unlikely to move again for Gomez in the summer as they believe there will be better players available in the market.

It is also said that Gomez himself is not entirely convinced by a move to the London Stadium, and wants to move to a team with bigger goals, meaning the deal looks dead in the water.

OPINION

This is a huge update on a potential West Ham agreement for Gomez, which has looked to be a formality at points over the past few days. The Hammers have consistently been reported to have a major interest in the 22-year-old, and seemed to be poised to trigger his £45million release clause, even if that meant loaning him back to Vigo for the rest of the season. This report however turns this deal totally on its head, with three potential reasons given for an agreement not taking place. It is interesting that the Hammers believe there will be better players available to them in the summer, and that may be true, although they seemed pretty set on Gomez. The nail in the coffin here may in fact be Gomez’s reluctance to join the Irons, with the Uruguay international obviously having big aspirations – possibly to join a team in the Champions League.