West Ham have seriously underperformed this season, and if they are to make genuine progress, they need to start acting like a big club in the transfer market, and bring top quality players to the club, rather than cheap, short-term options.
Whether David Moyes is still in charge of the Hammers in the summer remains to be seen, but he should already be lining up potential targets, with the mindset that he will be at the club for the long-term.
The 24-year-old has struggled at the Camp Nou, since making his £48.8 million move from Valencia in the summer of 2016, but he still has so much to offer at the very highest level, and the Hammers would be making a huge statement if they managed to usurp their London rivals in the race for his signature.
The east London outfit have reached a turning point in their evolution as a football club. Are they happy with being at best mere also rans, and at worst a yoyo club? Or do they really want to make their mark in the game, and push on for glory both domestically and on the continent?
Hammers fans will be hoping that their club's owners back up their promises with hard cash this summer, and there would be no better way to prove their intent than by bringing Gomes to the London Stadium.
The 24-year-old possesses impeccable technique, is calm when in possession and is an expert passer of the football.
Given the opportunity of regular first-team action at West Ham, he could turn out to be a real coup for the Hammers, and it would be all the sweeter for them, if they did in fact manage to beat Spurs to his signature in the process.