West Ham United have reportedly turned their attentions towards Salomon Rondon.
football.london understand Hammers officials fear they will be priced out of a move for La Liga striker Maxi Gomez.
The star hasplayed his part in a successful safety mission for Celta Vigo, which will mean his release clause will stay at around £40 million.
There was hope that West Ham could sign the Uruguay international on the cheap, but the Spanish outfit will be playing top-flight football next term after they drew with Rayo Vallecano and Girona lost to Deportivo Alaves.
West Ham have apparently now turned their attention to Rondon, who enjoyed a brilliant season on loan at Newcastle United in 2018/19.
Rondon’s stock has certainly risen high after his fine showing at St. James’ Park.
Wolverhampton Wanderers have also been credited with an interest in the player (The Daily Mail), meaning West Ham could face a tough battle to sign the 29-year-old.
The Venezuela international is available for £16.5 million following parent club West Bromwich Albion’s failure to achieve promotion to the Premier League.
That is within the Hammers’ budget, and Rondon is known to Manuel Pellegrini who previously managed the striker at Malaga.