Report shares West Ham's concern about Maxi Gomez pursuit

Maxi Gomez of Celta de Vigo looks on 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 reportedly led the charge to sign Maxi Gomez in January, but now have serious concerns about landing the striker.

Sergio Ramos (R) of Real Madrid in action against Maxi Gomez (L) of Celta Vigo during the La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Celta Vigo at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid,...

West Ham believe that Celta Vigo being relegated could end their hopes of signing Maxi Gomez this summer because his release clause will be halved, according to a report from The Sun.

The Hammers reportedly led the way to sign Gomez during the January transfer window. The 22-year-old has scored nine La Liga goals and contributed five assists in 25 games this season.

 

Unfortunately, Celta's campaign has been a largely miserable one. They have taken one point from their last six games and now find themselves in the relegation zone with 10 fixtures remaining.

Celta being relegated will surely make it easier for Gomez to seal a move elsewhere. But The Sun reports that that is the scenario that the Irons are concerned about with his release clause set to become £21.3 million rather than £42.6 million.

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

The Sun suggests that that drop in price is likely to see the competition for his signature increase significantly, with both Liverpool and Chelsea apparently monitoring the youngster.

The Hammers may not be able to compete with some of their rivals financially when it comes to the contract they can potentially offer Gomez. But what Manuel Pellegrini's men can provide is a greater chance of regular game-time for the striker.

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini looks on from the bench before the Premier League match between Cardiff City and West Ham United at Cardiff City Stadium on March 9, 2019 in Cardiff,...

West Ham have done well this year, and look to be on course for a top-half finish in the Premier League. But there is arguably still an opportunity for a striker to establish themselves as first-choice in the Irons lineup with their top goalscorer this term boasting eight league goals.

Convincing Gomez to turn down the opportunities that allow him to play European football will be tough. But West Ham have pulled off plenty of transfer coups in recent years, so perhaps they cannot be ruled out of the running just yet.

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