West Ham would be making a huge statement by beating Tottenham to Andre Gomes

Andre Gomes of FC Barcelona reacts the La Liga match between Real Betis and Barcelona at Estadio Benito Villamarin on January 21, 2018 in Seville, .

The Barcelona ace has been linked with moves to West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur.

David Unsworth, Caretaker Manager of Everton and David Moyes, Manager of West Ham United greet each other during the Premier League match between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison...

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.

One of his potential targets is Barcelona ace Andre Gomes, according to Spanish media outlet AS, who claim that Tottenham are also interested in signing the Portugal international.

Andre Gomes of FC Barcelona plays the ball during the La Liga match between Barcelona and Levante at Camp Nou on January 7, 2018 in Barcelona, Spain.

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?

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.

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.

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