West Ham United have been chasing Maxi Gomez since January.

Another day brings another Gomez twist for West Ham but this time it could be in Manuel Pellegrini’s favour.

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.

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West Ham playing the long game over Gomez

Pellegrini has been chasing the Celta Vigo and Uruguay forward since January.

And West Ham are determined to bring the player to East London.

Recent reports claimed Gomez wanted to stay in Spain and move to Valencia, who are said to be rivalling West Ham in the bid to sign the 22-year-old.

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Hammer time as Valencia drop out of the race?

But now the Spanish press is reporting that Valencia will switch attention to Espanyol striker Borja Iglesias if they fail to come to an agreement over Gomez (Marca).

The Marca report claims Valencia are growing increasingly fed up because negotiations for Gomez have become protracted.

 

Those negotiations have undoubtedly been complicated by West Ham’s interest, with greater riches on offer in East London.

Marca states that Iglesias has now emerged as a genuine alternative for Valencia.

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Path clear after ironic twist?

And that would clear the path for West Ham to try and conclude a deal.

Somewhat ironically 26-year-old Iglesias left Celta Vigo last summer after losing his place to Gomez.

He joined Espanyol for £8m deal and netted 20 goals in 43 appearances in his debut season.

Crucially he has a much smaller release clause than Gomez, set to £25m, which makes him a more economical target for Valencia.

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