West Ham ‘move into pole position to sign Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes as they submit £18m offer’
- West Ham have made contact with Barcelona about signing Andre Gomes
- Reports claim the Hammers have submitted a big in the region of £18million
- The 25-year-old midfielder enjoyed a successful loan spell at Everton last season
Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini has identified the Portugal international as a priority signing this summer and the club have acted fast to try and get a deal over the line.
Gomes caught West Ham’s attention after a sterling debut season in England during his loan spell at Everton.
West Ham have reportedly made an £18million offer for Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes
The Merseyside club are keen to retain Gomes’ services but no preferential option was included in the agreement last summer.
According to The Times, West Ham have now moved into pole position to land the midfielder’s signature after tabling a bid close to £18m.
Marco Silva stated earlier this month that the club must ‘do everything’ within their powers to ensure the permanent signing of Gomes, but it now seems like they could miss out on him.
The 25-year-old impressed during his season-long loan spell at Everton last season
Barcelona splashed out in excess of £40m to sign Gomes from Valencia back in 2016, but are now keen to offload the player after he struggled to meet expectations.
Tottenham were also reported to have had held an interest in the 25-year-old but have now switched their attentions to Real Betis midfielder Giovani Lo Celso.
The Champions League finalists have already begun negotiations with the La Liga side over Lo Celso, who scored nine times in 32 league games last season.