West Ham are planning to offer Celta Vigo striker Maxi Gomez £80k-per-week to win the race for his signature, according to The Daily Star.
Gomez currently earns £40k-per-week with Celta Vigo but West Ham are ready to offer him double that fee to move to East London.
West Ham could be hunting for more than one new striker in the summer. This depends on how many of the current options (Marko Arnautovic, Andy Carroll, Lucas Perez and Javier Hernandez) leave.
The race for Maxi Gomez
West Ham identified Gomez as their number one target in the January transfer window when Arnautovic looked destined to head to China (The Express).
Even after Arnautovic decided to stay, West Ham considered triggering Gomez’s £43.5m release clause (The Guardian).
This move failed to materialise and West Ham are expected to revisit the deal in the summer. But other clubs have since entered the race and complicated this move.
Both clubs are likely to qualify for the Champions League next season and can offer the young striker a better chance of silverware.
But West Ham are hoping their £80k-per-week offer will turn Gomez’s head. With a double-your-money contract, West Ham hope to lure Gomez to The London Stadium.
Maxi Gomez price hinges on Celta Vigo’s survival
As mentioned above, Gomez has a sizeable release clause which would force West Ham to break their club record transfer fee to trigger.
But his release clause will be halved if Celta Vigo are relegated, The Daily Star reports. And this looks like a live possibility at the moment.
The 22-year-old has scored nine goals for the La Liga side this season. But he has not found the net since early January and that has pushed Celta Vigo into the drop zone.
With 10 games remaining, they are four points adrift of safety. In an ideal world for the Hammers, Celta Vigo go down and Gomez accepts West Ham’s offer after costing half the price.