Report: West Ham backed out of signing Maxi Gomez, already planning another attempt

Maxi Gomez of Celta de Vigo reacts during the La Liga match between RC Celta de Vigo and Valencia CF at Abanca Balaidos Stadium on January 19, 2019 in Vigo, Spain.

West Ham United couldn't strike a January deal for Celta Vigo's Maxi Gomez.

Maxi Gomez of Celta de Vigo reacts during the La Liga match between RC Celta de Vigo and Valencia CF at Abanca Balaidos Stadium on January 19, 2019 in Vigo, Spain.

According to Bleacher Report, West Ham United's move for Celta Vigo striker Maxi Gomez fell apart after he demanded wages of around £80,000-a-week.

The Hammers were quiet in January despite some expecting a late flurry of activity, with Marko Arnautovic's decision to stay a major factor in that.

West Ham were linked with a whole host of strikers over the course of January, but no link was stronger than that of Gomez, with the Hammers attempting to push a deal through.

 

No move was secured in the end, with the Uruguayan staying to help Celta's battle against relegation in La Liga – but details about West Ham's move are emerging.

Bleacher Report claim that West Ham were happy to pay £43million to sign Gomez, but then backed out when they found out that his wage demands were £80,000-a-week.

West Ham are now believed to have but a deal on ice, but are hoping to offload some fringe players in time to relaunch a move for Gomez at the end of the season.

Maxi Gomez of RC Celta de Vigo celebrates after scores the second goal during the La Liga match between RC Celta de Vigo and Real Madrid at Municipal Balaidos on January 7, 2018 in Vigo, .

Gomez, 22, hit 17 goals in La Liga last term, whilst he has also found the net nine times in 20 games this season, adding five assists too in another impressive campaign.

The burly forward would be an outstanding addition to the West Ham front line, but the fear now will be that Gomez will continue to score, and another club will swoop in before the Hammers have time to fund a move this summer.

Maximiliano 'Maxi' Gomez of Celta de Vigo looks on during the La Liga match between RC Celta de Vigo and Club Atletico de Madrid at Abanca Balaidos Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Vigo,...

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