West Ham United are reportedly close to acquiring the signature of Maxi Gomez from La Liga side Celta Vigo. The Hammers have been on the search for a new marksman since the start of the month and their ambition could turn into reality during the forthcoming days after the approach to lure Gomez from the Spanish top-flight.
According to Galicia Press, a local publication in Vigo, the Hammers have made a £35m bid for the in-form striker, who has contributed nine goals and five assists in the Spanish top-tier this term.
The Hammers’ current bid remains below the player’s £43.5m valuation but the club are still confident of pushing through the deal with both manager Manuel Pellegrini and the striker keen on working together.
At 1.86m, Gomez provides an imposing physical presence in the frontline and he can be used as a targetman with the heading and shot power being among the main strengths.
However, his arrival may present concerns regarding the positions of Andy Carroll, Javier Hernandez and Marko Arnautovic and more so the latter, who has been linked with a potential move to the Chinese Super League this month.
Arnautovic appeared on course to leave the Hammers during the early stages of the winter transfer window but a move has seemingly stalled with the suitors unwilling to match the Hammers’ £45m valuation.
Elsewhere, both Javier Hernandez and Andy Carroll have also been linked with probable exits but the duo could likewise stay put for the season despite the latter’s contract expiring at the end of the campaign.
West Ham, who are currently 10th in the Premier League table, are scheduled to face League One side AFC Wimbledon during the fourth round of the FA Cup this weekend.
Arnautovic, who was excluded from the previous matchday squad against Bournemouth, could make a comeback after reporting to training earlier in the week.