Why West Ham should go all out to sign Maxi Gomez in the summer
According to a report from Sky Sports, West Ham were very much keen on signing Celta Vigo striker Maxi Gomez in the January transfer window. However, a deal fell through and the player remained at Celta Vigo.
Maxi Gomez, 22, has been in sizzling form for Celta this season, scoring 9 goals and supplying 5 assists in 20 league games. That form didn’t go unnoticed, as West Ham tried signing the Uruguayan forward last month in the wake of Marko Arnautovic’s potential departure to China.
Marko Arnautovic dominated the headlines in English tabloids in the final few days of the winter transfer window. The Austrian was set for a move to China, however, Arnautovic stayed put at the club and even signed a new improved contract. But it looks like the 29-year-old will still move on in the summer.
And as it is apparent that Arnautovic will leave London Stadium at the end of the season, West Ham must reignite their interest in Maxi Gomez.
Maxi Gomez scored 19 La Liga goals in his first season in Spain and has managed to hit the ground for Celta this term as well. As Celta are flirting with relegation, the Uruguayan could be tempted to leave the Spanish side if West Ham come in with an eye-catching offer in the summer.
In Maxi Gomez, West Ham would get a burly forward filled with pace, power, aerial prowess and aerial ability. The 22-year-old has the physical attributes to cope with the Premier League demands and would offer the Hammers with a big presence in and around the box, which more creative players like Felipe Anderson and Samir Nasri can utilise.
Add to that, the clever movement and his deadly finishing ability, the Uruguayan has the potential to be an excellent addition to the Hammers attack. At 22, Gomez has his best years ahead of him and his superb form this season for a struggling side speaks volumes about him.
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Moreover, Arnautovic looks likely to quit West Ham at the end of the season. And hence, boosting the options in their attack this summer wouldn’t be the worst idea for Manuel Pellegrini. The Hammers would have to move in real quick to bag the signature of Maxi Gomez.