West Ham and Manuel Pellegrini have struggled to settle on one individual first choice striker this season, with out of position Marko Arnautovic seeming to be the preferred option, but they must now regret the decision not to push harder for Maxi Gomez.
MARCA say that Atletico Madrid could now make a January move for the Uruguayan, whose contract includes a 50 million euro (£44.7 millio) release clause, though West Ham were reported by the Evening Standard to have had a £27 million bid turned down in the summer as Celta Vigo held out for £35 million.
With seven goals and four assists in 12 games to date this campaign, the 22-year-old looks to have been wonderful value even at such a price, which would smash the Hammers’ club record.
As the likes of Atletico Madrid hover, it seems hard to imagine that West Ham would be able to compete without breaking the bank given that they were reluctant to seal a deal in the summer due to the finances on the table.
Gomez now looks destined for the European elite whilst West Ham are still searching for the man to lead their line on a regular basis. All whilst their top summer target is seeing his value continue to soar.
Should Atletico make a move, it may be the true defining moment as to whether or not the Irons slipped up in not pushing the boat out for a record signing.