West Ham could be able to sign Maxi Gomez from Celta Vigo for just €25 million in the summer, according to reports.
The Hammers were stated to have been close to agreeing on a deal with the Spanish club as they made early preparations for next season.
However, no transfer materialised, and Gomez’s future remains uncertain, with Celta facing the strong possibility of relegation from La Liga this term.
The striker’s contract currently includes a release clause set at €50 million, but according to Spanish news outlet Diario Sport, this fixed price will be halved if Fran Escriba’s side are to finish in the bottom three.
Barcelona are strongly linked as potential suitors for Gomez as they bid to provide Luis Suarez with a backup ahead of next season.
The Uruguayan international has not been able to steer his side away from the threat of relegation this term, and Celta currently find themselves in 18th place, with their position in the top flight under serious threat.
Five reasons why West Ham should swoop for Gomez again
Maxi Gomez would provide West Ham with a physically-imposing forward. They have this in the form of Andy Carroll, but the Uruguayan attacker would be a clear upgrade.
West Ham’s forwards do not have age on their sides. Gomez, at just 22-years-old, would remedy this and add valuable youth to the ranks.
Gomez has proven consistently for Celta that he is a capable goalscorer and a reliable option up front.
Gomez is technically adept, finds good positions in the box and would add a suitable option to the attacking choices at Manuel Pellegrini’s disposal.
If West Ham can secure Gomez’s services for the reported €25 million, they’ll land a bargain, and one with plenty of resale potential, also.