West Ham are preparing a new and improved offer for Maxi Gomez. According to The London Evening Standard, West Ham are readying a second bid for Gomez after their initial £25m offer was turned down.
The Hammers have already signed Roberto and Pablo Fornals from the Spanish top-flight this season. And now Celta Vigo star Gomez is another La Liga target.
West Ham’s interest in the 22-year-old striker dates back to January (The Guardian). But now, the club are ready to press ahead and snap the youngster up.
Other clubs are in the race for Gomez, hence West Ham’s promptness with a second bid. Gomez has a £43.5m release clause but the Irons will try to sign him for a cheaper price.
Why Maxi Gomez must be West Ham’s priority
After signing Fornals, West Ham have brought in a new central midfielder. So, what should be the club’s next priority in the transfer market?
West Ham arguably need reinforcements in defence, holding midfield and in the striker department. But signing a new forward should be West Ham’s first concern.
Andy Carroll was released, Lucas Perez was sold to Deportivo Alaves and Javier Hernandez will probably leave. This leaves West Ham light in this department.
Gomez is the ideal choice. He has been watched closely by Mario Husillos and Manuel Pellegrini, who both believe he can be West Ham’s long-term answer up front.
But there is another reason why West Ham must act quickly. The Uruguay striker, who has scored 30 times in two seasons with Celta Vigo, will soon represent his country at the Copa America.
If he performs well in the tournament, this could lead to increased interest in his signature. And it would also drive his asking price up too. West Ham must move fast to make Gomez their next summer signing.