West Ham United should take advantage of the desperate situation unfolding at crisis club Valencia by trying again for Maxi Gomez.
If striker Gomez was not regretting snubbing West Ham for Valencia before then he might be now.
West Ham coveted the Uruguayan forward for six months last year to no avail.
The long-running transfer battle between West Ham and Valencia eventually fell in favour of the La Liga side.
Gomez misery since West Ham snub
West Ham’s season was not a bed of roses. But since snubbing the Hammers, Gomez has endured a living nightmare at Valencia.
He barely kicked a ball at the beginning of last season. Then Gomez had his price tag and ability questioned by the club’s fans. The south American forward saw two managers sacked, fans protest against the owners, the owner’s daughter taunt supporters and the start of what is expected to be a mass exodus of players amid growing financial problems.
The crisis club have been thrown further into chaos this week after it emerged players have not been paid their wages due for June.
Report: Crisis club Valencia failed to pay players, must cut wage bill by 40%
“The remaining captains of the dressing room met with club president Anil Murthy to discuss the lack of payment from June.
“The report claims Rodrigo Moreno, Jose Luis Gaya and Jaume Costa met with Murthy, and are unhappy with the proposal to defer payment to accepting IOU notes, which means the payment will be delayed as there is no guarantee the payment will be made.”
Football Espana recently revealed that the financial uncertainty at Valencia means the club must slash their wage budget by a whopping 40% ahead of next season, with 12 first-team players at the club said to be up for sale this summer.
While West Ham themselves are hardly flush with cash, they are on the lookout for signings.
Moyes should try to snare striker on loan with option
David Moyes must sell to buy (Claret & Hugh). But he is also looking to be creative with loan deals.
And West Ham should pounce on the fact Valencia have to slash their wage bill by offering to take Gomez’s salary off their hands.
A loan deal with an option to buy for a set price would solve West Ham’s problem of needing another striker.
It would get Gomez’s wages off Valencia’s books.
And should he perform Valencia would get a large slice of their outlay back should the deal be made permanent.
Whether Gomez would move to West Ham one year after snubbing them remains to be seen.
But the guarantee of wages and the chance to play in what will be a more competitive side than the one he leaves behind at Valencia could prove tempting.
West Ham should at least chance their arm because Sebastien Haller has proved he is not capable of operating as a lone striker.