West Ham want Celta’s Maxi Gomez

West Ham United have made a €30m bid for in-demand Celta Vigo striker Maxi Gomez, according to reports in the Spanish press.

The Uruguayan striker enjoyed a productive first season at the Galician side, hitting 17 La Liga goals in 35 starts having signed from Defensor Sporting last summer in a €4m deal.

The 21-year-old is said to have a €40m release clause in his contract and the club are not willing to his asking price, although an agreement may yet be found.

The report is outlined in Radio Galega’s Galician Goles programme, which talks of the Hammers interest and the expectation of a deal being done.

The striker was top scorer in the Uruguayan domestic league and his fine start to life at Estadio Balaidos – including a brace on his debut against Real Sociedad – earned him a first international call-up.

Gomez signed a five-year deal at Estadio Balaidos but was reportedly close to leaving the club in January but a proposed €25m move to Beijing Guoan broke down.

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