West Ham are continuing to believe that they may well hold the whip hand as they continue in their bid to nail a deal for Maxi Gomez.
They are ready to pay his agents The Stellar Group whatever it takes in commissions to ensure he pledges his future to the Hammers rather than Valencia.
Although the 22 year old remains in Uruguay intense negotiations are going on which is now seeing the European media reporting that what they once described as a done deal is now swinging towards the Irons.
The departure of Marko Arnautouvic means the Hammers can up their offer to around £36 million to Celta Vigo and offer the player in advance of £100k a week.
And there are even reports that the Stellar Group – who took Gareth Bale from Spurs to Real Madrid- claim to have enough power to send the player anywhere and that the striker’s preferences count for little.
Agent Jonathan Barnett (right) is understood to have high commission demands but the Hammers are ready to pay them.
However, reports from Sports Witness that the Hammers have booked a medical for Gomez this weekend are a little fanciful given that he is still in Uruguay.