Maxi Gómez is undecided about whether to join West Ham, according to ExWHUEmployee.
Though while that doesn’t sound overly reassuring for Hammers fans hoping to see him in claret and blue, this is actually progress.
It had previously seemed as though he adamant about not making a London Stadium move, as he wanted to play Champions League football, as reported by the Express.
Valencia, who have been heavily linked with him, have a place in Europe’s biggest competition, which is a draw for the Uruguayan, but it now seems they may struggle to pay for him.
Their latest offer to Celta Vigo was £13million, plus Santa Mina, as well as youngsters Jorge Saenz de Miera and Kangin Lee, as reported by the Express.
Despite not playing a minute in the tournament, Gómez had been at Copa América with Uruguay until they were knocked out on penalties against Peru.
ExWHUEmployee had reported that the striker, who scored 13 La Liga goals last season, is West Ham’s main target but that any deal would take a long time to complete – with Copa América being a large reason behind the delay – with things now beginning to move quickly.
That this is the time the signs have turned to the player being “undecided”, could actually be an indication that the scales are tipping in West Ham’s favour regarding the deal.
One factor that could impact his decision is Marko Arnautović’s attempts to force a move to the Chinese Super League, as has been reported by Sky Sports.
If the Austrian had been around for next season, it would have potentially been a close run contest to decide who the club’s main striker would be – though if the misfit departs, Gómez could realistically expect to be the club’s number one striker without too much close competition.
Despite the change in stance, there is still no guarantee he will join West Ham, as he would like to stay in Spain, according to ExWHUEmployee, who has revealed the outcome – regardless of what way it goes – could come imminently.
The pursuit of Gómez has been a long waiting game, but while there is still uncertainty around whether the Hammers will get their man, it will be worth it if they do.