Those following West Ham United’s pursuit of striker Maxi Gomez may be feeling a touch dizzy.
With more “reported” twists than a rollercoaster there has been an almost relentless stream of updates on West Ham’s move for the Uruguayan.
While one website claims a bid has been accepted, insiders and rival sites say that is not the case.
Claim and counter claim
One website reports Valencia are favourites. Another site reports that Celta Vigo’s negotiations with their La Liga rivals have broken down.
Then reports emerge that West Ham would be willing to outbid the Spaniards to the tune of £35million.
Others report West Ham have still only submitted one bid, of £25m, which was rejected.
Enough to leave your head spinning.
New report brings clarity – and bad news – from Spain
Well now there appears to be some clarity coming from Spain. Or the claim of some clarity at least and it’s not good news for West Ham.
Respected Spanish outlet Marca claimed on Monday night that Gomez wants to join Valencia.
Marca says West Ham have offered a ‘far superior financial package’ to Gomez.
But the 22-year-old is instead favouring staying in Spain and playing in the Champions League with Valencia.
West Ham may have to decide to move on
Marca’s report also hints that Liverpool, Tottenham and Barcelona remain interest.
That could suggest the striker may want to draw things out and keep his options open for a little while yet.
And that does nothing to help Manuel Pellegrini.
The West Ham boss is desperate for a top quality striker as he continues to reshape his squad.
Unfortunately it appears he may now have to admit defeat and move on to other targets.