Celta Vigo forward Maxi Gomez never even contemplated a move to West Ham, according to Goal Espana journalist Hector Gomez.
The Spanish reporter shared an image of himself and Gomez, 22, at an airport in Valencia via his personal Twitter account on Thursday morning after the Uruguay international arrived in Spain ahead of completing his move to the Mestalla [El Desmarque].
It is understood that Gomez told the journalist “that he never contemplated West Ham” and “always passed on to his agents that he was going to Valencia”.
West Ham have been linked with Gomez ever since January and were so confident about signing the centre-forward this summer that they even booked a medical for him [Daily Star].
Gomez cannot be blamed for joining Valencia. They are a massive club in Spain and after finishing fourth in La Liga last season, they are set to play in the Champions League. Gomez has opted to play in Europe’s top competition over the riches of the Premier League and seriously, who can blame him for that? Yes, West Ham are a big club in their own right but the best that they can hope for is seventh unless one of the Premier League’s top-six messes up badly next term and then a spot in sixth is on the cards. West Ham, unless by a miracle, are unlikely to qualify for the Champions League any time in the near future and Gomez sees this opportunity to play in that competition right now for Valencia. He says he never contemplated a move to West Ham, but when he saw all the zeroes in the offers that were reportedly made to him, he would have no doubt had second thoughts. Good luck to him at Valencia.