West Ham United may have left themselves exposed for the remainder of the summer transfer window.
West Ham had been chasing striker Maxi Gomez all summer.
But the deal was called off after the Hammers failed to agree a payment structure with Gomez’s club Celta Vigo (Sky Sports).
West Ham striker chase falls flat
The fruitless end to the protracted transfer saga has left many West Ham fans flat.
And it may also have compromised West Ham’s dealings for the remainder of the window.
Two factors are at play.
Having let Andy Carroll, Lucas Perez and Marko Arnautovic leave West Ham are growing increasingly desperate to sign at least one striker if not two.
Clubs know Hammers’ budget
Other clubs who West Ham may now approach for one of their forwards, know that.
And those clubs also now know just how much West Ham have to spend on said striker.
That’s after it was widely reported that West Ham had met Celta Vigo’s £45million release clause for Gomez.
Desperation and a much-publicised transfer budget don’t go well together in the last three weeks of the transfer window.
Husillos and Pellegrini have a plan but will they end up paying over the odds?
There is no doubting West Ham have identified a quality alternative.
Under director of football Mario Husillos and Pellegrini, West Ham’s transfer business and conduct has improved immeasurably.
So they should not be doubted in that respect.
Whether West Ham can now get good value is another thing altogether.
The transfer window closes on Thursday August 8th at 5pm.
On one hand it seems like plenty of time. But in the modern world of big money football transfers it is perhaps not.