With West Ham United’s pursuit of Maxi Gomez looking doomed there was more bad news for Manuel Pellegrini.
Celta Vigo forward has been West Ham’s prime striker target since January.
But a host of Champions League clubs, including West Ham’s Premier League rivals Liverpool and Tottenham, are now circling the Uruguayan.
Gomez dreams fade and die
Gomez, 22, has a £45million release clause. Another London rival, Arsenal are also said to be willing to trigger it.
That has all but ended West Ham’s hopes of signing him according to the likes of Football London.
And just as Pellegrini is licking his wounds he has been dealt another blow.
The Chilean and West Ham’s transfer chief Mario Husillos reportedly sent delegates to Portugal to keep tabs on promising Portuguese striker Jota in March.
Hammers scouted emerging Portuguese forward
The Mirror reported at the time that West Ham had Jota watched during a Europa League clash between Benfica and Dinamo Zagreb.
Jota, 20, was top scorer at the Under-19 European Championship during the 2017/18 season.
The Benfica starlet shone in that game. But how concrete West Ham’s interest has been since is unknown.
Spurs to gazump Pellegrini?
It appears that matters little, though, because Spurs look to have gazumped the Hammers and a host of other clubs in the race for Jota’s signature this summer.
According to Portuguese newspaper Record, Tottenham have already made approaches to Jota about a summer move to North London.
Sky Sports has also reported Spurs are stepping up their interest in meeting the player’s £26.3m release clause.