Discussion concerning exactly who West Ham United would sign to replace Marko Arnautovic in the event of his departure has dominated the club of late, but a recent report suggests that they are plotting an ambitious transfer to support the Austrian rather than replace him.
Callum Wilson is a name who has been heavily linked with a move to the London Stadium this month and his goal against the Hammers last weekend certainly did nothing to defuse those rumours.
But the prices quoted throughout the media suggest that West Ham will be priced out of a move for Bournemouth’s talisman.
Signing players from fellow Premier League clubs, especially those who share similar ambitions to one another, is seldom anything other than an extortionate endeavour, so it’s no surprise that Manuel Pellegrini is looking further afield.
Well, that’s according to Sky Sports journalist Dharmesh Sheth, who revealed on Sky Sports’ Transfer Talk podcast that West Ham are in talks with Celta Vigo over a potential deal for Maxi Gomez, although Celta’s precarious position in La Liga makes a January deal unlikely.
“They remain interested in Celta Vigo striker Maxi Gomez, but I’ve been told that’s irrespective of what happens with Arnautovic.
“Look positive talks – I’ve been told – have taken place between representatives of both clubs, but Celta are struggling at the wrong end of La Liga, and with that in mind they are reluctant to let him go this month.”
The implication from Sheth is that a summer deal for Gomez is looking far more probable than a January deal right now, with Celta’s La Liga status depending on the 22-year-old’s performances during the final months of the season.
A return of nine goals and five assists this season from just 18 appearances this season tells you all you need to know about Gomez’s paramount importance to Celta’s survival bid, but the fact positive talks have already been held with West Ham suggests he is unlikely to remain in Spain beyond the summer window.
With Lucas Perez failing to convince during his time at the London Stadium, Andy Carroll terribly injury-prone and Javier Hernandez now 30-years-old, West Ham’s interest in securing a talent, like Gomez, with the potential to lead the line for a number of years is certainly well placed.
Pellegrini will need a new marksman to spearhead West Ham’s attack moving forward whether Arnautovic leaves or not and, with the wheels already in motion to secure Gomez’s signature, it may only be a matter of time before he is handed a hugely talented prospect.
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