West Ham have been told by Celta Vigo that a payment structure must be agreed by the end of today or Maxi Gomez will join Valencia, according to the Daily Mail.
Valencia have reportedly agreed to pay £13m plus Santi Mina for the striker, but the Hammers came in with an eleventh-hour bid worth €50m (£45m).
The figure is the same number as Gomez’s release clause, but as West Ham can’t pay the whole fee up front, they still have to negotiate with Celta.
The Spanish club are apparently unhappy with the payments that the Irons are proposing and have handed the London club an ultimatum.
Another stumbling block could also be the player himself. There had been reports that Gomez does favour a move to England, but those claims have also been contradicted.
West Ham can definitely offer the player a higher salary than Valencia, but the Uruguayan may be tempted by the chance to stay in Spain and play Champions League football.