West Ham United have spent huge sums of money in the transfer market this summer in order to strengthen their squad ahead of the new season, and a recent report from The London Evening Standard suggests that trend could continue with the signing of a new striker.
Indeed, the report claims that West Ham’s £27 million bid for Maximiliano Gomez has been rejected by Celta Vigo whom are a looking for a fee closer to £35 million. Gomez only arrived in La Liga last summer in a deal worth just £3.6 million, but a record of 18-goals La Liga during his debut season has clearly caught the eye in east London.
The figure quoted is clearly a huge financial burden considering the extortionate sums the club have already parted with this summer, so Pellegrini may be wise to turn his attention towards a target who should be on the lookout for first-team football next season, namely Michy Batshuayi.
The Chelsea striker has struggled to make an impact since joining the club in 2016, mostly due to competition for a starting berth at the spearhead of their attack.
Antonio Conte showed a complete lack of trust in Batshuayi’s ability throughout his tenure at the club, and the attitude of the manager clearly had a detrimental effect on his development.
But a loan spell at Borussia Dortmund in January enabled him to showcase the full extent of his ability with a level of freedom which Conte deprived him of at Chelsea.
In just 10 Bundesliga appearances Batshuayi managed to notch 7 goals and provide 1 assist before an injury unfortunately ruled him out for the remainder of the season.
Despite being just 24-years-of-age, Batshuayi already has 105 senior career goals to his name, so clearly he has the firepower to thrive in the Premier League if he is afforded time and trust to showcase the full extent of his ability.
With Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud both ahead of him in the pecking order it’s likely that he’ll need to seek a move away from the club this summer to acquire first-team football and, if that proves to be the case, West Ham should make a loan bid for his services with an option-to-buy clause included as part of the deal.
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