West Ham are not close to signing Celta Vigo striker Maxi Gomez, according to reports in England.
The Hammers had been negotiating a double deal for the Uruguayan and his teammate Stanislav Lobotka, but after a move for the Slovakian collapsed, it seems things have also gone quiet on the Gomez front as well.
Fans are hoping that the move for the forward doesn’t turn into another transfer saga:
Shock, we always have a transfer saga for a player we will never get, its gomez this window
— Jamie Strange (@jamiestrange27) June 11, 2019
Won’t happen, panic and get sturridge on a free plays twice out for the season “the West Ham way”
— daniel gullefer (@DGullefer) June 11, 2019
No idea why we allow these things to drag on. He either wants@to come or doesn’t and we either pay the price being asked or try an offer. If the offer isn’t accepted then move on. We could have tried to get this done in January before there was other interest
— Matt Drysdale (@matt_mattd5677) June 11, 2019
Very similar to the Anderson deal last summer
— Richard Knott (@RichardKnott2) June 11, 2019
Sounds like the William carvalho deal, drag it out and end up with a 35 year old loanee
— joe huggett (@joehuggett1) June 11, 2019
— Fabian WHUFC 🇺🇸 (@WHUFC_USA_2008) June 11, 2019
Have we tried the novel concept of offering close to what another team is asking for when they ask for it?
— Blade with a Fade (@ScottysCallinMe) June 11, 2019
& end up like Bacca & Lacazette no doubt?
— Ricky Forrest (@rickwhufc) June 11, 2019
Read earlier we’ve put a time limit on discussions two weeks max, if Gomez wastes time I’m sure Husillos move on and hopefully to a better striker.
— Decano Gherardini (@dcanogherardini) June 11, 2019
Got a feeling it will be Fornals in, Lanzini out.
No Gomez and end up with Ideally Mitrovic , probably Rondon 😂
— Mike Szeder (@mike_szeder) June 11, 2019
It’s quite simple really; if West Ham offer €50m (£44m) for Gomez, they trigger the 22-year-old’s release clause and are given permission to speak to the player.
Whether the Irons are trying to negotiate down the price, or have had difficulties in persuading the player to move to the London Stadium, it isn’t known.
Supporters will be concerned that the club’s hesitation may allow another club, such as Arsenal or Aston Villa who have also been linked with Gomez, to step in and hijack the deal.