West Ham United might finally be on the verge of signing Maxi Gomez.
According to Sky Sports journalist Kaveh Solhekol, the Hammers are set to secure the signature of Gomez and put an end to what has felt like quite a saga, with reports in regards to the club’s interest in the player emerging from BBC Sport way back in January.
Now, it would seem West Ham are prepared to break their transfer record and splash out £45million to acquire the Celta de Vigo ace this summer and appear to have been given a boost in their chances of landing him.
Solhekol has revealed that Valencia have dropped out of the race to sign the Uruguayan as the 22-year-old is thought to have snubbed the opportunity of playing Champions League football for a crack in the Premier League.
And, those claims appear to have been backed up in Spain, with Faro de Vigo all-but confirming he will be with West Ham next season as they say “Maxi Gomez will play in the Premier League”.
This is a positive development for West Ham and would appear to put them clearly in the lead in the race for Gomez this summer and reports are now starting to be formed in the Premier League outfit’s favour.
Recent deals have made it further evident that finding someone who can find the back of the net on a regular basis is of great importance – Marko Arnautovic, Andy Carroll and Lucas Perez have all subsequently left the club.
The 22-year-old scored 13 goals and provided five assists in 35 appearances in La Liga last season, according to WhoScored. Meanwhile, he netted 18 the year before so he has shown he can be prolific in a top league (Transfermarkt). He was the 13th highest goalscorer in the division despite his side finishing in 17th, just four points above the relegation zone.
That goal tally was more than what any of West Ham’s attackers from last season managed; however, it will be interesting to see how Gomez fares as a sole striker if he is to finally seal a switch to the London Stadium.
Whilst West Ham like to adopt a 4-1-4-1 or 4-2-3-1 approach on a regular basis, Celta and Gomez had performed a lot better with a 4-4-2 system. In fact, the Spanish side appeared to really struggle to get wins on the board when the South American was utilised as a lone ranger up top. Still, new signing Pablo Fornals was described as a ‘striker’s dream’ by former Iron Dean Ashton and Felipe Anderson finished in the top 20 Premier League players when it comes to creating ‘big chances’ last season, so the service getting to him might be better in Stratford.
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