According to the Evening Standard, Celta Vigo are reluctant to let West Ham target Maxi Gomez leave for anything less than his £43.5 million release clause. This stance could spark a bidding war between the Hammers and Valencia, who are also interested in the 22-year-old.
The Irons have shown in recent windows that they aren’t afraid to spend big. However, £43.5 million is a huge price to pay for such an inexperienced and raw talent. That being said, given Gomez’s vast potential, if West Ham can source the funds, then a move for the striker would be worth the risk.
The young forward shone in La Liga last season. He racked up 13 goals and five assists over the course of the campaign. The 12-cap Uruguay international certainly has the potential to develop into a superstar. Even if West Ham were to pay a big fee for him now, there’s every chance they could turn a major profit on Gomez in the future.
In order to maintain their impressive progress under Manuel Pellegrini, the Hammers must keep showing ambition in the market.
According to the aforementioned report, Pellegrini has been keeping tabs on Gomez for some time. By making a bold statement of intent with a successful bid for Gomez now, West Ham could be securing themselves a top class striker capable leading the line at the London Stadium for years to come.