West Ham missed out on Maxi Gomez and Michy Batshuayi during the January transfer window, according to Bleacher Report.
This report indicates that West Ham baulked at both players’ £80,000-per-week wage demands. As a result, West Ham failed to get either deal over the line before last Thursday’s deadline.
Celta Vigo striker Gomez emerged as West Ham’s top target after Marko Arnautovic revealed his desire to move to China, according to The Express.
The 22-year-old has scored nine goals and picked up five assists in 20 La Liga games this season, adding to last term’s tally of 17 goals in 36 matches.
Even after Arnautovic performed a u-turn and signed a new deal, West Ham were still keen to trigger Gomez’s £44m buy-out clause, as per The Daily Mail.
BBC Sport then reported that the Hammers might send Gomez back to Celta Vigo on loan until the end of the season.
The Spanish side are struggling towards the bottom of La Liga and this arrangement would have helped drive down his price a bit.
But this Bleacher Report article claims that the Uruguay international’s £80k-per-week wage demands put the Irons off. However, they may revisit this deal in the summer if they can trim the wage bill.
Chelsea striker Batshuayi emerged as a deadline day target for West Ham. But Chelsea’s demands of a £2m loan fee, plus the 25-year-old’s £80k-per-week pay packet, ensured that West Ham dropped out of the race.
The Belgium international instead moved to London rivals Crystal Palace on loan.