West Ham United have failed with a second bid for Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes, according to Football Insider.
The outlet claims that a follow-up offer of £21million was rejected by the Spanish champions, after The Times reported last month that the Hammers had made an opening foray of £18million.
West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini is said to have made the 6ft 2in Portugal international [Source: Transfermarkt] one of his priority transfer targets this summer.
The east London outfit are locked in a battle with their Premier League rivals Everton for the player’s signature, with Gomes having spent this season on loan at Goodison Park.
This is a shame, but it’s systematic of West Ham’s current transfer policy. They seem to be intent on low-balling teams, sending in unrealistic offers in the hope of bullying teams down to a more desirable price. However, that simply isn’t going to work in this instance. Barcelona will be aware that Marco Silva’s team are also in for Gomes, and so they’re not going to accept a measly offer of £18million or £21million for a player of his calibre when there’s another side interested as well. West Ham haven’t played this well at all and they’re likely going to end up missing out on the Portuguese star as a result. It would be understandable if the player himself wants to return to happy confines on Merseyside, as opposed to a whole new environment in London. His desire to move to the London Stadium won’t be helped, either, by a feeling that ‘well they can’t want me that much if they aren’t prepared to pay what it takes’.