Another day brings another Maxi Gomez tale for West Ham United but new reports appear to be misleading.
With more “reported” twists than the Orbital tower outside the London Stadium, there has been an almost relentless stream of updates on West Ham’s move for the Uruguayan.
Manuel Pellegrini has been chasing the Celta Vigo and Uruguay forward since January.
And West Ham are determined to bring the player to East London.
Just over a month to get a deal done
With just over a month to go, time is ticking.
Progress was expected to be slow given the level of interest in the player and his participation in the Copa America.
Now Uruguay are out speculation is swirling again.
The latest line comes from The Daily Express which claims Gomez is holding out to join a club competing in the Champions League.
According to The Express, the 22-year-old ‘has has told friends that he wants to play in the Champions League next season’.
Insider says striker yet to get what he wants
But reliable West Ham insider ExWHUemployee says the striker is yet to get what he wants.
“This will depend if a Champions League club bid for him which they haven’t yet,” ExWHUemployee said on Twitter.
This will depend if a champions league club bid for him which they haven’t yet https://t.co/rRe2PJyCRm
— ExWHUemployee (@ExWHUemployee) July 1, 2019
And for the time being at least that leaves the door wide open for West Ham.
But time is of the essence.
If West Ham and Pellegrini really want Gomez then they must strike while the iron is hot.
Window of opportunity for West Ham
The club will have to make the striker an offer he can’t refuse to make up for the lack of European football on offer in East London.
Without being critical, West Ham must also try to make Gomez see that his chances of game time at such a club would be greatly reduced compared with the Hammers.
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