West Ham will turn their attentions to Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson as an alternative to Celta Vigo forward Maxi Gomez according to reports today.
Manuel Pellegrini is keen to add to his forward options this summer and have already agreed a £29m deal for Uruguay international Gomez. However, the Sun today claim that 22-year-old looks set to stay in Spain and join Celta’s La Liga rivals, Valencia.
Should Gomez opt against joining the Hammers, the report claims that Pellegrini will try to secure a deal for Wilson, who has been a regular goalscorer in the Premier League since firing Bournemouth to promotion in 2015.
The 27-year-old scored 15 goals in all competitions for Eddie Howe’s side last season, establishing himself in Gareth Southgate’s England squad after scoring on his International debut in 2018.
Wilson has three-years remaining on his contract at the Vitality Stadium and it would likely take a significant offer to tempt Bournemouth into a sale, however, West Ham are ready to test The Cherries’ resolve with what is being described as an ‘ambitious £35m offer’.
Pellegrini has made signing a new forward his priority this summer, having allowed Andy Carroll and Lucas Perez to leave the club.
Javier Hernandez has also been tipped to leave with Turkish side Galatasaray amongst the clubs supposedly interested in the Mexican, whilst doubts remain over the long-term future of Marko Arnautovic who agitated for a move away from the London Stadium back in January.
Meanwhile, reports in Spain suggest that Gomez’s potential move to West Ham could still be on, with Valencia growing tired of Celta trying to push up the price up, and could move for Espanyol’s Borja Iglesias instead.
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