West Ham United need to get their house in order if they genuinely want to sign prime striker target Maxi Gomez.
The Hammers were reportedly close to signing Gomez from Celta Vigo in January.
And Manuel Pellegrini remains interested in a deal for the summer when he overhauls his striker options (Sky Sports).
Various reports had suggested Barcelona were sniffing around the Uruguyan.
Suarez claims sound like gamesmanship
Indeed one report even claimed Luis Suarez was pushing for the club to sign his compatriot (Mundo Deportivo).
That in itself would seem a bizarre claim given Suarez is fighting to save his own future at Barca following a below par 18 months.
He is hardly going to encourage the club to replace him.
Many West Ham fans felt the “reports” were gamesmanship from Celta to drive up Gomez’s price.
After all the 22-year-old will have done little to convince Barca he can handle big pressure after scoring just once in 11 games since West Ham’s January bid.
Hammers given the hurry up over Gomez… again
But the Hammers have been given the hurry up again after a fresh report emerged from Spain regarding Barcelona’s interest.
Diario Sport claims the current crisis engulfing relegation-threatened Celta is ‘pushing Gomez closer to the Camp Nou’.
Again there are no quotes or inside information offered to substantiate the claims.
Diario Sport says Gomez’s £45million release clause will be halved to £22.5million if Celta drop out of La Liga.
Striker overhaul looms for Pellegrini
Pellegrini looks set to completely revamp his striker pool this summer.
Andy Carroll will leave the club after his contract expires. And both Javier Hernandez and Lucas Perez are pushing for moves to La Liga.
Marko Arnautovic may also still leave if the interest from China rears its head again.
It certainly bodes for an interesting summer.