Tottenham and West Ham dodged a £20m bullet with Antonio Sanabria

Manuel Pellegrini, manager of Manchester City and Mauricio Pochettino Manager of Tottenham Hotspur greet prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester...

Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United both reportedly wanted to sign La Liga striker Antonio Sanabria in 2018.

Arnaldo Antonio Sanabria of Real Betis Balompie looks on during the La Liga match between Real Betis and Malaga at Estadio Benito Villamarin on April 30, 2018 in Seville, Spain.

Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United appear to be going head-to-head to sign one of La Liga’s most promising goalscorers this summer – and not for the first time.

According to the Mail, the London neighbours are both fighting it out for Celta Vigo’s Maxi Gomez, an old-school Uruguayan centre-forward who has scored 11 goals for a struggling side this season.

 

And there are certainly similarities between this ongoing saga and the speculation surrounding Antonio Sanabria almost 12 months ago. The Independent claimed last summer that Spurs had renewed their interest in the Paraguayan while Marca stated that West Ham were planning a £20 million move.

But unlike Gomez, this young South American centre-forward has endured a season to forget. Sanabria scored just twice in 15 La Liga games for Real Betis and the former Roma forward has hardly found goals easier to come by since he returned to Italy with Genoa in January.

Real Betis' forward from Paraguay Arnaldo Sanabria (L) shoots in front of Real Madrid's goalkeeper from Costa Rica Keylor Navas during the Spanish league football match Real Madrid CF...

A tally of three strikes in 10 Serie A matches is hardly outstanding, taking his tally to five in 25 league games. This is a record more reminiscent of Vincent Janssen or Moussa Marega than Harry Kane or Javier Hernandez.

Here’s hoping Gomez doesn’t follow in Sanabria’s footsteps.

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.

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