West Ham have pipped Valencia to the signing Celta Vigo striker Maxi Gomez, claims a report.
On Friday Marca reported that Gomez would move to the Mestalla for £14million with Los Ches pair Santi Mina and Jorge Saenz heading the other way.
Now though the Hammers have hijacked the deal and La Voz de Galicia report that they have snuck in at the 11th hour to land Gomez in what is expected to be a €45million deal.
Gomez, who has hit 30 La Liga goals in 68 starts since joining from Uruguay in 2017, almost signed for West Ham in January, but it now appears that Manuel Pellegrini has finally got his man.
West Ham’s need for a striker has increased after Monday’s sale of Marko Arnautovic to Shanghai SIPG and they look all set to snap up the 22-year-old.
Lopez, who hit 13 LaLiga goals last season, has also been linked with Spurs and Liverpool with Jurgen Klopp understood to be a fan of the forward.
El Gol Digital claimed in May that both Premier League clubs were intent on meeting the €50million release clause of the striker, who is under contract until 2022.
Luis Suarez is also reported to have recommended Gomez, who name-checked the Reds in May, to Klopp and Liverpool. While Aston Villa scout Juanfran, who only arrived at Villa Park in December, recently told Marca of his admiration for Gomez.
“He is a reference point, he is always well position and attentive to the second balls. Above all, what is asked of a striker are goals,” said the former Spain international, who had five years at Celta.
“That (goalscoring record) is why he interests the Premier League clubs.”