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Valencia on spending spree but is it good or bad news for West Ham over Maxi Gomez and Javier Hernandez
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Valencia on spending spree but is it good or bad news for West Ham over Maxi Gomez and Javier Hernandez

La Liga outfit Valencia are embarking on something of a spending spree but is that good or bad news for West Ham United?

West Ham and Valencia’s summer business looks set to be very much intertwined.

Both the Hammers and the La Liga outfit are going head-to-head in the battle to sign striker Maxi Gomez.

And Valencia also have a longstanding interest in wantaway West Ham striker Javier Hernandez.

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West Ham and Valencia business intertwined

They were also rivals for Holland goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen if scarcely believable reports were to be believed.

There was encouragement for West Ham in their pursuit of Gomez last weekend.

Reports from Spain claimed Valencia – recently reported as the player’s preferred destination (Marca) – were growing fed up of the protracted saga and would instead pay £25million for Espanyol star Borja Iglesias (Marca).

In the week since Valencia appear to have started splashing the cash.

First the La Liga side completed the signing of Cillessen from Barcelona for around £13million (Valencia official site).

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Valencia on spending spree

Then came reports that Valencia are close to sealing the signings of another two players from Barca. Denis Suarez and Rafinha Alcantara have been linked for a combined total of around £26million.

Another player said to be close to a permanent move to Valencia is Villareal’s Russian international Denis Cheryshev for £5million after he spent last season on loan there.

It begs the question what the £60-70million splurge means for West Ham.

Should the club be concerned that money appears to be no object for West Ham’s main Gomez rivals?

But if that was the case surely they would have reached an agreement with Celta Vigo over a fee by now.

Perhaps the fact they have started spending money elsewhere suggests they are refusing to meet Celta’s £45million release clause for the 22-year-old Uruguayan.

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What does it mean for West Ham?

Indeed if Valencia have moved on to other targets and are set to continue splashing the cash it could be good news for West Ham two-fold.

It may mean West Ham will finally be able to offload Javier Hernandez after Valencia’s keen January interest.

And it could leave the path clear for West Ham to push through a deal for Gomez.

All conjecture of course.

But it seems unlikely. Given the lack of big TV money in Spain Valencia would not be able to commit to such spending AND satisfy Financial Fair Play regulations.

Particularly as they are set to compete in the Champions League next season.

Interesting times ahead.