The reliable Hammers news source claims that the east London outfit are confident they have the edge over Spanish heavyweights Valencia in the race to sign the Uruguay international.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side are prepared to pay the striker’s representatives, the Stellar Group, whatever it takes in compensation fees to get a deal over the line.
Marko Arnautovic’s anticipated departure to China means the Hammers will be able to offer Celta around £36million and Gomez himself wages of £100,000-per-week.
This is a fascinating revelation, eh? Clearly the Hammers are becoming increasingly confident of bringing the 22-year-old to east London, and perhaps this is the reason why. Obviously we can never know the specific ins and outs of the club’s transfer business, but you do get the sense that perhaps the wind has started blowing away from Valencia and towards West Ham in regards to this Gomez deal. Is it right that a player will end up going to one club over another because said club are willing to pay his representatives more than the other team? Probably not, but there you go. Money makes the world go round, as they say, and West Ham seem to have more of it – or are ready to spend it more freely – than Valencia. Ultimately if Arnautovic goes to the Far East then he will need replacing, and Gomez seems to be the man the Hammers really want. So if they need to splash out on agent’s fees then that’s just what they have to do.