Report: Andre Gomes leaning towards West Ham move

Tottenham Hotspur's Argentinian head coach Mauricio Pochettino takes his seat for the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Burnley at Wembley Stadium in...

Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes could be set to choose West Ham United over London rivals Spurs.

Real Madrid's French defender Raphael Varane (L) vies with Barcelona's Portuguese midfielder Andre Gomes during the second leg of the Spanish Supercup football match Real Madrid vs FC...

We could be heading for a deadline day showdown between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United over the future of a European Championship winning midfielder.

According to The Telegraph, the London rivals are both going head-to-head to sign Barcelona flop Andre Gomes with just a few hours remaining in the transfer window.

The Portuguese international has been made available by the La Liga giants for a season-long loan just a year after he arrived from Valencia for a fee of £41.7 million, as reported by The Mail.

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.

And a move to the Premier League beckons with Gomes wanting to play first-team football this season and new Barca coach Ernesto Valverde forcing him down the pecking order following the arrival of Paulinho and Sergi Roberto’s return to a midfield role.

According to The Mail (live blog, 13.47pm) West Ham have an advantage over Spurs, despite finishing nine places below them in the Premier League table last season and starting the new campaign with three consecutive defeats.

Gomes is understood to be leaning towards a move to the London Stadium, thanks in part to the fact that he is very close friends with Hammers’ centre-back Jose Fonte, who was also an integral part of Portugal’s Euro 2016 winning squad.

Jose Fonte of West Ham United in action during a Pre Season Friendly between Manchester City and West Ham United at the Laugardalsvollur stadium on August 4, 2017 in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Furthermore, with the Hammers ending their pursuit of Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho due to an inability to agree a fee, as reported by The Daily Record, it appears they will go all out to sign his international teammate.

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