Potential boost for West Ham hopes to sign Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes

Andre Gomes of Portugal shoots as Gonzalo Jara of Chile attempts to block during the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 Semi-Final between Portugal and Chile at Kazan Arena on June 28,...

West Ham are hoping to sign Barcelona's Andre Gomes

West Ham's hopes of signing midfielder Andre Gomes may have been given a helping hand last night as he was left out of Barcelona's starting line up.

The Mirror reported at the weekend how the Hammers are set to hold talks with Gomes' agent over potentially signing the midfielder.

Andre Gomes of Portugal shoots as Gonzalo Jara of Chile attempts to block during the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 Semi-Final between Portugal and Chile at Kazan Arena on June 28,...

Barcelona beat Real Betis in their first La Liga game of the season, winning comfortably.

Gomes was left out for the second successive game by new coach Ernesto Valverde.

Andre Gomes of FC Barcelona conducts the ball during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Sociedad de Futbol at Camp Nou stadium on April 15, 2017 in Barcelona, Spain.

The La Liga giants signed the Portugal international for £42 million last summer but he failed to establish himself in Barcelona's first choice XI.

He made only 17 La Liga starts last season and this campaign has evidently not got off to a great start for him either, having also been left out of the second leg of the Super Copa defeat to Real Madrid.

A move by West Ham remains ambitious, but they might feel slightly more confident about signing the Euro 2016 winner after he was snubbed once again last night.

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