The Hammers have been heavily linked with a move for the 22-year-old Uruguayan in recent times, a reported by Sky Sports, although the likelihood of that deal happening is looking slimmer after Valencia reportedly reached an agreement with Celta Vigo over his transfer, as reported by Spanish journalist Hector Gomez.
Another player the Hammers have been linked with is Salomon Rondon, as reported by the Daily Star, and the 78 cap Venezuelan international’s arrival is not necessarily dependant on Gomez’s future, according to Ex.
Writing on his personal Twitter account, when asked if a move for Gomez would cause a move for Rondon to collapsed, he simply said: “No.”
— ExWHUemployee (@ExWHUemployee) July 4, 2019
Landing both of these players would be an absolute godsend for the Hammers, but realistically, they’re going to struggle to do so. It looks for all the world as if they have missed out on Gomez, which is a real shame, but there still appears to be a lot of hope in the Rondon deal. And that could prove to be a blessing in disguise for the Irons. Yes, Gomez is younger and he scored two more goals than his fellow South American last season, but Rondon will be considerably cheaper, and he outstripped the Uruguayan on a whole host of other things. Assists, shots per game, dribbles, key passes, overall match rating – Rondon was better on all of them [Whoscored]. In fact, the only real area that Gomez outstripped the Venezuelan was on his possession retention. All in all then, if the Hammers are only able to sign one of the pair, why not Rondon?