West Ham United have recently been linked with a move for Uruguay striker Maxi Gomez. The Guardian recently reported that West Ham had made a £25 million offer for the player. This still falls short of his £45 million release clause. The Sunday Times has since suggested West Ham have had a £29 million bid accepted.
But the big problem West Ham could have regarding Gomez is transfer rivals Valencia.
The Guardian report suggested a fear that West Ham could miss out to Los Che this summer.
Now, Super Deporte in Spain have seemingly made it clear that Valencia have the upper hand.
The report makes it quite clear that Valencia are the first choice of Gomez and indeed his club Celta Vigo. The two Spanish sides have a good working relationship and Celta currently want to bring Santi Mina back to Galicia.
Super Deporte states that Gomez will play for Valencia next season as long as they ‘match the best offer’ Celta receive for the striker’s services.
So Valencia effectively have it easy. They can play the waiting game. Allowing West Ham to the hard graft Valencia can simply wait to see where Celta’s breaking point is for Gomez, swoop in and secure their man.
West Ham’s only hope appears to be paying an amount Valencia are simply not willing to spend.