West Ham United are prepared to offer transfer target Maxi Gomez near-£100,000-per-week wages to secure his signature, according to Claret & Hugh.
The reliable Hammers news source claims that Manuel Pellegrini’s side have had a £25million bid accepted for the Celta Vigo striker, as have La Liga side Valencia.
It’s unknown what offer the Spanish heavyweights have tabled for the 6ft 1 Uruguayan [Source: Transfermarkt], who scored 13 goals and grabbed 5 assists this season.
West Ham’s owners David Gold and David Sullivan are said to have given director of football Mario Husillos the go ahead to secure Gomez ahead of Marcelino’s side.
£25million for an in-demand 22-year-old prospect like Gomez isn’t a bad number, really. The club have, by all accounts, been monitoring the player for some time now and so it will be a relief if they are able to get a deal over the line this summer. Obviously, Valencia are in the hunt as well and will provide stiff competition, but it appears that it is down to the player now to decide his next destination. Ultimately, the Hammers will be able to offer far greater wages than the Spanish giants, although Valencia can provide Gomez with Champions League football. It’s probably fairly finely balanced but, as ever, money talks, while the fact that West Ham have been tracking the striker for some time might give them the edge. If Husillos can pull this transfer off just days after signing Pablo Fornals from Villarreal then he will be looked at with awe by the Hammers supporters.