West Ham should swoop to try and get a deal for Maxi Gomez over the line after a report indicated that Valencia suffered a setback in their efforts to sign the forward.
The Spanish newspaper says that the La Liga club do not want to splash out on Gomez and have decided to throw centre-back Ruben Vezo into a potential deal to make it cheaper.
This is surely good news for West Ham. The club have been linked with a move for Gomez [Gianluca di Marzio] for some time now, and after securing the signing of Pablo Fornals from Villarreal, Hammers fans will want the club to get another deal over the line.
There were some doubts that a deal could happen for West Ham, with another report [Daily Star] saying that Manuel Pellegrini’s side must stump up £44million for the player.
But now that Valencia look like they could back out of the chase – with Celta looking like they will stand firm with their stance that Gomez is not be sold for a low price – that surely comes as a significant boost for West Ham. It is another club out of the chase, and another club who will not be able to prise one of their targets away.
It is expected to be a busy summer for West Ham, and they will want to get their deals done as soon as possible so that pre-season can begin on an exciting note. If the £44million valuation from the Star is true, West Ham will not be scared to splash out.
And had Valencia still been very much in the running, trying to wrap up a deal for Gomez would have been much more difficult.
Now, though, it looks as though West Ham are free to go all in for the forward and try to convince Celta to part ways.