It’s no doubt that Maxi Gomez is Manuel Pellegrini’s first choice transfer option, especially as we tried to get him in January before revisiting our interest this summer.
With Celta Vigo being difficult on the price tagged to Gomez and Valencia vying with us, is it time to forget the Uruguayan who is currently on international duty at the Copa America in Brazil.
Obviously, Gomez would be a huge statement of intent this season and would be a first-choice starter with the club. However, Gomez is keen to stay in Spain for both lifestyle and professional reasons and sees Los Murcielagos as the perfect stepping stone for his career, with Valencia playing in the Champions League this season.
The transfer window has only been open since 16 May and we are already having issues with a player we are chasing. Yes it would be a fantastic signing if we were to pull it off, but is it really worth all the hassle if he’s made it clear it will be difficult to sign him.
I think it would be better to move on and chase other targets, with Lucas Perez leaving and Javier Hernández looking likely to move on, we are short of strikers at the moment and desperately need to sort that out. If Hernández is to leave this will free up around £220k which we can put towards a decent striker.
Personally, I think we need to sign another striker on a permanent basis and a striker on loan, purely to cover any injuries but also to create competition for places. The Sun have reported that Callum Wilson of Bournemouth is linked with a move to the club for an estimated deal worth £35 million
Wilson would be a great signing as he’s proven in the Premier League. However, the £35 million Bournemouth are asking for is a little high in my opinion. If we were to sign him I would expect the club to then sign another striker on loan along with Wilson.
He has suffered knees injuries which have kept him out for a while and for the price it would be is a massive risk.
With over six weeks left of the transfer window, it remains interesting and somewhat exciting for the Hammers fans.
By Caulay Howell (@Caulay__)
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