West Ham United have not yet given up on the chance to sign 22-year-old Maxi Gomez, according to ExWHUemployee.
A move for Gomez seemed off the cards after the Sun reported that the Hammers were plotting a £35million bid for Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson after missing out on the Uruguayan international.
However, on his personal Twitter account on Thursday night, ExWHUemployee, a very reliable source of Hammers info, claimed that Gomez is still on Manuel Pellegrini’s radar.
Wilson is on the shortlist of forwards! That I can confirm. However I don’t think we have fully given up on Gómez yet (unless something has happened tonight and I haven’t heard) https://t.co/781iORedsz
— ExWHUemployee (@ExWHUemployee) June 20, 2019
The Celta Vigo forward and Uruguay international has been continually linked with a move to the London Stadium in the previous weeks, with Spanish outlet Fichajes claiming that an agreement between the Hammers and Gomez had been reached.
A deal between West Ham and the La Liga club doesn’t seem close, however, with the Celta Vigo president issuing clubs with a stern warning in their pursuit of Gomez, claiming they must bid closer to £42.5million, according to the Daily Star.
Pellegrini is obviously a huge admirer of Maxi Gomez, with reports regarding the 22-year-old and a move to West Ham failing to disappear. The fact that the Hammers have reportedly started to look at different options in their search for a new striker, however, suggests that they are preparing for the worst in case a move fails to materialise. Wilson clearly offers more Premier League experience and would be a good signing for West Ham, with the 27-year-old having found the net on 14 occasions this season. Having said this, at five years his junior, Gomez offers great potential and has already been compared to his international teammate Luis Suarez. Should the Celta Vigo forward fulfill even three-quarters of the potential that Suarez has delivered in his career, he would enjoy great success in England. When Wilson was 22-years-old, he was still playing in League One for Coventry City and has proved hard work can turn any player into a success story. At the same age now, Gomez is playing in the Spanish top-flight against Barcelona and Real Madrid, which could have molded him into an even brighter prospect.