Maxi Gómez has been West Ham’s major transfer target this transfer window, as reported by ExWHUEmployee, though it has been said any deal could take most of the summer.
Tottenham Hotspur and Valencia are also keen on signing him, according to El Desmarque, with the striker wanting to be an integral part of the decision making process regarding where he moves – claiming he won’t move somewhere because it suits Celta Vigo.
With Champions League football one of his main wishes, it is unlikely he will want to join West Ham – as both Spurs and Valencia will feature in Europe’s biggest competition this tournament.
With all this in mind, the Hammers could trigger his release clause but still be turned down by the striker, who scored 13 La Liga goals last season.
Though there haven’t been any signs that West Ham are backing down from signing him – a stubbornness to get their man which can be seen as admirable, though it could damage the club’s chances of signing another striker.
With Gómez at the Copa América with Uruguay, it is highly unlikely any deal will be completed until their campaign has been completed – even though he is yet to play a single minute in the competition.
The inevitable delay means that if the Hammers don’t manage to get Gómez, they will have much less time to bring a different striker in – with the club’s negotiating position possibly taking a hit because of this.
Therefore the stubbornness they are showing means the club could be creating an all or nothing situation for themselves – something that could be damaging.
It is so important to get the right kind of strikers into the club, but while it is good the West Ham negotiators know who they want, they could be better off ensuring they get Plan B rather than carrying the risk that comes with their seemingly unbreakable stubbornness.