Pundits and fans have been raving about West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur target Maxi Gomez.

West Ham have been chasing Celta Vigo and Uruguay star Gomez since January.

Tottenham too have been linked with a keen interest.

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West Ham and Tottenham battle it out for Gomez

Indeed Tottenham were highlighted as a more likely destination than West Ham for the 22-year-old by South American football expert Tim Vickery back in January (Sky Sports).

West Ham have reportedly been trying to negotiate with Celta to pay less than Gomez’s £45million release clause.

As a result talk of a move to West Ham has gone rather quiet.

On Thursday night Tottenham were linked with a fresh move for Gomez (The Mirror) much to the annoyance of excited West Ham supporters.

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Copa America slowing Gomez progress

It is believed Gomez’s participation in the Copa America is delaying any decision over where his future lies.

 

But Gomez faces achieving the unwelcome feat of not getting a kick in the Brazil tournament.

Uruguay won their group undefeated to advance to the quarter-finals.

They beat Chile and Ecuador and drew with Japan. But West Ham and Tottenham target Gomez did not play a single minute.

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No great shame but unwelcome feat looms

Of course there is no great shame given Barcelona and PSG stars Luis Suarez and Edison Cavani are ahead of Gomez.

But the fact he has not been used as a substitute either suggests Uruguay boss Oscar Tabarez will not suddenly risk giving him his first football in over a month and a half for the knockout rounds.

Cavani and Suarez will lead the line again when Uruguay take on Peru in the quarter-finals on Saturday.

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