West Ham and Pellegrini would be ideal for Andre Gomes

Andre Gomes #21 of FC Barcelona controls the ball in front of Moussa Sissoko #17 of Tottenham Hotspur at Rose Bowl on July 28, 2018 in Pasadena, California.

West Ham United and new manager Manuel Pellegrini are reportedly interested in Barcelona's Andre Gomes.

Andre Gomes #21 of FC Barcelona controls the ball in front of Moussa Sissoko #17 of Tottenham Hotspur at Rose Bowl on July 28, 2018 in Pasadena, California.

Spanish outlet Sport is claiming that West Ham United remain in pole position to sign Barcelona's Andre Gomes.

The Portuguese midfielder has become a figure of derision among some fans since arriving from Valencia in 2015 and looks set to finally move away this summer.

West Ham could also be the ideal place for Gomes to rediscover his form; especially under new coach Manuel Pellegrini.

 

West Ham have undergone a series of changes all over the pitch since the end of last season, with the ambition of Pellegrini's appointment matched by the signings of Jack Wilshere, Felipe Anderson, Issa Diop and more.

And that could be the right environment for Gomes, who has found the pressure at Barcelona to be tougher than he was used to while not being perfectly suited to their slow, possession-based style.

Manuel Pellegrini during the friendly match between West Ham United and SCO Angers on August 3, 2018 in Grodig, Austria.

West Ham, however, do not have the pressures of Barca and are instead looking to improve on a 13th-place finish as part of a long-term plan.

Pellegrini, similarly, should offer Gomes what he needs in a faster, attacking brand of football; the kind the Portuguese international thrived under at Valencia and Benfica and saw him earn a move to Barcelona in the first place.

Gomes might not be liked at Camp Nou but he could find a lot of fans at the London Stadium.

Andre Gomes of FC Barcelona looks on prior to the La Liga match between Celta de Vigo and Barcelona at Balaidos Stadium on April 17, 2018 in Vigo, Spain.

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