Maxi Gomez is this afternoon being reported as being keen to join the Hammers.
The report comes from Sky Sports News but there is little new flesh on the bone beyond that with the outlet repeating that a £29 million bid was accepted in June.
In fact, the offer was closer to £25 million and as things stand we are the only club seriously in the frame to strike a deal.
Sky reports that personal terms have yet to be agreed which could soon be ironed out if, as expected, the club bows to Arnautovic’s transfer demands.
Indeed that may well have worked in our favour given that Gomez was reported to have reservations about playing a secondary role to the Austrian.
The cash from China would – despite it being paltry in real terms – help the Hammers to fund the fee and personal terms for Gomez move, remembering he has a release clause set at £43 million.