West Ham United are facing a very real threat in their bid to sign Maxi Gomez this summer, from approximately 14 miles away in Tottenham.
West Ham are expected to renew their interest in Celta Vigo striker Mario Gomez this summer.
The Hammers wanted Gomez from Celta Vigo in January.
Manuel Pellegrini had been rocked by Marko Arnautovic’s revelation that he wanted to leave for China.
Hammers made mistake keeping Arnautovic
But West Ham refused to do business at anything less than £50 million.
Arnautovic’s replacement, if reports are to be believed, would have been Gomez.
The Austrian remained in East London, though, pocketed an improved deal and Uruguay star Gomez stayed put.
Reports after deadline day said West Ham would return for the £45 million rated 22-year-old in the summer (Sky Sports).
And Hammers fans have been keeping a keen eye on Gomez ever since.
New report claims Spurs are serious about Hammers target Gomez
Diario AS claims Spurs are serious about Gomez as a replacement for Fernando Llorente who will depart this summer.
The report even goes as far as to claim Spurs have set aside around £25 million to buy Gomez.
In that case West Ham’s chances of signing the striker rest on two things.
West Ham may have two ace cards
The first is the fact Manuel Pellegrini can offer the Uruguayan forward guaranteed first team football.
The second being Celta Vigo staying up. That will mean West Ham have to shell out more to get their man. But it will also put off the likes of Spurs who will not part with over £40 million to sign a back-up for Harry Kane.
Pellegrini is set to clear the decks up front this summer. Arnautovic, Javier Hernandez and Lucas Perez are all highly likely to follow Andy Carroll out of the exit door.