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Hammers favourites as Spurs drop out

West Ham are becoming firm favourites to grab Andre Gomes from Barcelona after news emerged this morning that Spurs have dropped out of the race.

The Everton loanee is wanted at Goodison Park but Manuel Pellegrini has set his heart on the player and it now looks more than odds on that the 25 year old will be on the move to the east end.

The Hammers are ready to up their bid from the £18 million on offer to around £25 million believing that will force Barca’s hand.

The player is on the ‘for sale’ list at the club and although they are asking for £30 million a bid close to or on £25 million could close the deal.

A senior Hammers source told us by e mail that the club had made him a priority target and that the £18 million had been offered.

He revealed however that it was expected to take take closer to the £25 million to get the player whom Mario Husillos has been watching for several months

Spurs had been monitoring the position on a player who impressed last season during the Toffees loan spell but according to Sportsmail  Mauricio Pochettino’s side will no longer follow up on their interest.

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11 comments on “Hammers favourites as Spurs drop out

  1. I would snap him up. He ran the show against us at the OS.

  2. still not seeing why he would pick us over Everton where he has been?

    • I think Everton have an even meagre budget than ours and have been told they have to sell before they can buy. They have been spending big for a few seasons so maybe ffp has handicapped them ?

  3. We have to try and get this player as he is true quality.
    Agreed, I will be surprised if Everton don’t get him, but we have be in there bidding to stand any chance of signing him.

  4. So if our budget is as reported around 30 million and we get him for 25 million that leaves us five . Most of the budget gone on one player . So how do we buy a quality rather than cheap striker , CD , back up keeper etc . Where are those funds coming from . Ok player sales might be enough for Maxi Gomes who we should go all out for he’s quality would be a massive improvement ! How do we buy the other players we need ? COYI ⚒

  5. Sales and savings on wages of the top earners we are letting go

  6. It’s reliant on being able to shift the players we no longer want which is easier said than done, but in reality, were it possible to clear out Hugill, Fernandes, Byram and Obiang for realistic valuations. That’s roughly a combined total of 25m. Buying Gomes then effectively becomes one in one out as the other three weren’t available last season.

    I’d rather have Xande Silva, Ben Johnson, Josh Cullen and Andre Gomes than Hugill, Fernandes, Byram and Obiang.

    Sell two from Arnautovic, Hernandez and Perez and that’s between 10m and 30m, add that to the 30m we have in the kitty and that’s 40-60m for a top class striker.

    I think we need to buy quality not quantity and use our academy to fill the gaps in our squad.

  7. Not worth 25m imo, we have bigger areas of the team to improve. He is not a box to box mid. 25m on Kessie a far better deal for us.

  8. I just compared his stats from last season with those of Nobes and they are virtually identical apart from the fact that he had 1 goal and 1 assist compared to Nobes’ 5 & 5.

    So we are replacing like for like but at a younger age (I’m assuming he might have a bit more pace that Nobes as well).

    So if I were our captain I would be pretty pleased that if I am going to be replaced it is going to take up to 30 million to replace me.

    We would also need a new penalty taker ….

  9. if this is one of pellegrinis must have i must say i am quite surprised, our midfield really needs an energetic box to box player than is good in the tackle and hopefully has an eye for a pass, gomes offers very little in terms of defence and his attack is limited to finding other players and yet he doesn’t really assist much, his tackling is atrocious and defensive positioning just as bad

    he is exactly the type of player that west ham would struggle to win with, out midfield is slow and weak, physically and in terms of pressure and covering… rice anchor can cover our fullbacks but that leaves a hole in the center of the pitch which is worse, snodgrass has to play out of position to offer something there

    and pellegrini wants to play with 2 midfielders? with gomes on the pitch we’d have a worse starting 11, with either 2 or 3 midfielders

    can only see this happening if we also get a combative energetic midfielder as well otherwise we are going to struggle in midfield again

    cueller or kessie would be a far better signing than gomes, we have playmakers in lanzini, arnie, anderson, noble – who looks better when pellegrini unleashes him further forward away from the defensive duties in our defensive third… most of our chances are off nobles boot…. actually i’d prefer noble over gomes – not a player we need

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