Valencia president sends Gomez a warning


Valencia president Anil Murthy (right) has attempted to step up the pressure on Maxi Gomez as the on/off saga continued today (Tues).

Strong rumours that a deal could be announced later on this afternoon or evening seemed to go on hold again as Murthy made it clear to the striker that he only wanted “committed” players at the club.

He used newly signed Jasper Cillesson as an example after the former Barcelona keeper’s decision to join the club last month.

Murthy said (quotes via AS): “We want players who are fully convinced of being in our project and who grow with us (…)

We want committed people like Cillessen, who wanted to be part of the Valencia family and since he learned of the interest, did not listen to other proposals.

He made his remarks as the Hammers – after meeting the buyout clause in Gomez’s contract – went into discussions with Celta Vigo on the terms over which they could be paid.

That may be a stumbling block  – although it is unlikely – that Celta Vigo will demand that the fee it is all paid in one hit.

Alternatively they could decide the cash plus players Valencia deal is acceptable and leave Gomez to make up his mind on whether that will go ahead or decide on a move to east London!

Whether Murthy’s statement on the scenario will prove helpful remains to be seen and it could well be that the striker could become irritated at the extra pressure being placed on him whilst Vigo and the Irons are trying to come to an agreement.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • Richard says:

    Deals already off

  • James says:

    Looks like it’s over. He’s not signing for Westham. As we could not agree payment terms. Deal had fell thought.

  • Hammersone says:

    I’ve just read on sky sports the deal is off??. We couldn’t agree a payment structure with them according to sky..We’ll be bringing AC back on a pay as you play!!

  • Dusty Miller says:

    Sky ; “saying Celta Vigo won’t accept payments over a period of time”?
    And to be fair to Gomez unlike Arnautovic, does not seem want to come to the Hammers based on money?And he does not seem to be making a fuss about NOT coming to the Hammers therefore he does not seem a mercenary??? So a fair outcome of this ongoing transfer situation is not everyone can bought off, unless your a greedy mercenary, and looking to use the club as a stepping stone to bigger club or bigger money??? So we should not entertain this sort of mercenary player and there agents, as in the past 3 players that have played for at our club Sakho, Payet, and Arnautovic, and then played us up? You would have thought we’d have learned a lesson by now , sign someone who wants the Hammers dream like the fans ( as well as the money 😊)

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