Celta Vigo’s sporting director has spoken out over the speculation surrounding West Ham target Maxi Gomez. Felipe Miñambres has attempted to deflect all talk of player departures from Celta Vigo, including that of the Uruguayan striker.

In a press conference today to unveil new signing Wesley Hoedt, he said: “I believe that we will retain our most important players because it is the intention of the club to be strong.”

Maxi Gomez has been linked with a move to east London as a potential replacement for Marko Arnautovic. He has an excellent scoring record in Spain and follows the physical mould of Arnautovic.

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However, Miñambres did go on to say that there was still a chance his players could be moving on.

“But with the English you never know, as they can always pay the release clause.”

The Spanish club are obviously aware of the spending power in the Premier League and may be helpless if West Ham decide to pay the required fee for Gomez.

Celta could also be reluctant to sell Gomez as their other striker Iago Aspas is still out with an injury. With the absence of Aspas and fellow forward Emre Mor proving difficult to deal with, Celta will be looking to keep Gomez for the time being at least.

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He also went on to talk about Celta’s new signing, Gabriel Fernández. The 24-year-old Uruguayan will join the club in the summer from Peñarol in Uruguay.

Celta look to have already secured a replacement for Maxi Gomez as more talk continues about his future.

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It seems much more likely that Gomez will remain with Celta until at least the summer. However, with the new arrival of Fernández at Celta and Arnautovic’s seemingly imminent departure, Gomez may well be a Hammer come the summer.

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