West Ham will miss out on top striker target Maxi Gomez, according to Sky Sports News. The Celta Vigo striker will instead be joining Valencia with a deal expected soon.
Gomez was West Ham’s top target this summer. Andy Carroll and Lucas Perez had already left but Marko Arnautovic’s swift departure meant that West Ham needed to up their interest.
Talks with Celta Vigo break down
The Hammers made a late effort to hijack Valencia’s move for Gomez. West Ham were reportedly ready to trigger Gomez’s £45m release clause to pry him away from Celta Vigo.
However, this move has broken down after West Ham and Celta Vigo failed to reach a compromise on the payment structure. West Ham’s board were not prepared to pay the full £45m fee upfront and wanted it to be spread over several instalments.
Celta Vigo and West Ham could not reach an agreement so Gomez is closing in on a move to Valencia instead. The 22-year-old will join Valencia after the Spanish side offered Celta Vigo cash plus players for his services.
This is a bitter blow for the Hammers, who have spent a lot of time and resources chasing Gomez. With just two strikers left on their books (Javier Hernandez and Jordan Hugill), West Ham cannot waste any time finding his replacement.