Notorious West Ham striker target Maxi Gomez is being shipped out of Valencia to Turkey after just 23 goals in over 100 games.
If you think some of this summer’s transfer moves by West Ham have turned into sagas, they’ve got nothing on the infamous pursuit of Uruguayan forward Gomez.
The Gomez soap opera already seems like an age ago for West Ham fans.
The long-running transfer battle between West Ham and Valencia finally fell in favour of the La Liga side.
Manuel Pellegrini was manager and West Ham were desperate for a striker. The Hammers seemed to have put all their eggs in one basket by chasing Gomez since the January before that summer of 2019.
Valencia got their man, though, and at the time West Ham fans were left cursing another fruitless striker chase.
Champions League football and sunnier climes had won the day for the Spanish outfit over West Ham’s more lucrative contract.
In the end West Ham spent their £45million elsewhere on record capture Sebastien Haller.
That didn’t work out for the Hammers, Haller was sold to Ajax and – after an 18-month search, during which David Moyes allegedly considered looking to sign Gomez – West Ham have captured Italy striker Gianluca Scamacca.
With La Liga no longer on terrestrial TV, some West Ham fans may be wondering what became of the man who snubbed them.
Well now notorious West Ham striker target Gomez is being shipped out of Valencia to Turkey after just 23 goals in over 100 games.
90Min also reports that Gomez will be cut from the Valencia squad if he does not agree to the move to free up a non-EU spot for imminent signing Arthur.
At 25, Gomez is still young but his career has been on a downward trajectory since his West Ham snub.
Once compared to the likes of Edinson Cavani, he scored just five goals in 32 games last season and will now have to repair his damaged reputation in Turkey – where he will come up against departed West Ham man Arthur Masuaku in the huge Besiktas vs Fenerbache derby.