West Ham might just be better off targeting Aleksandar Mitrovic instead of Maxi Gomez this summer.

The latest round of reports claims that the 22-year-old would prefer a move to Valencia, with Champions League football on offer.

And the Hammers should drop out of the race to sign the Uruguayan. Why put so much effort into signing a player who clearly doesn’t want to join you?

And Fulham hitman Mitrovic, 24, might actually be a better option for West Ham.

Despite the fact that his side got relegated last term, he has spent the past few seasons playing in the Premier League


He earns £60k-a-week with the Cottagers (Spotrac) – a salary that the east London outfit could easily match.

The Serbian is a big and powerful number nine, and he possesses all of the attributes that Manuel Pellegrini’s side currently lack.

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Aleksandar Mitrovic  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

His ability to hold the ball up and link the play between midfield and attack is exactly what the Hammers need, and his arrival at the London Stadium would bring out the best in the likes of Pablo Fornals, Manu Lanzini and Felipe Anderson.

Aleksandar Mitrovic also boasts a decent goalscoring record. He has racked up 109 goals in 289 career appearances. And he would surely improve further still on the ratio at West Ham, considering how much quality they have in midfield and on the wings.

Mitrovic better value than Gomez?

Gomez won’t be sold for anything less than £45 million this summer, according to Spanish media outlet Marca.

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Aleksandar Mitrovic (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Mitrovic, meanwhile, could be available for just £30 million, according to the Express.

That seems to be far better value for West Ham, especially considering the fact that he’s proven in England.

And Pellegrini must do all he can to being the Serbian to the London Stadium this summer.

He’d be a cheaper, and arguably better option than Gomez.

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