Maxi Gomez

West Ham in talks over €60 million+ deal for Celta Vigo pair – Di Marzio

As per a report from reliable Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, West Ham United are in negotiations with Celta Vigo over the signings of both Maxi Gomez and Stanislav Lobotka.

Celta hitman

First up, Gomez, a 22-year-old Uruguayan striker, has established himself as a hot commodity on the transfer market over the last couple of seasons.

Despite having only made the move to Spain from his home country two years ago, Gomez has since gone on to take to the rigours of European football like a duck to water.

The South American is widely-recognised for his ability in the air, with Gomez’s power and size also allowing him to act as a solid target man.

All told, across his two seasons in La Liga, Gomez has racked up 30 goals and 9 assists in the Spanish top-flight.

Midfield metronome

Lobotka, meanwhile, is a versatile midfielder who is generally deployed in front of Celta’s back-4.

The Slovakian international, though, is a player more of the ilk of a Sergio Busquets than an N’Golo Kante.

Stanislav Lobotka

VIGO, SPAIN – APRIL 07: Stanislav Lobotka of Celta de Vigo in action during the La Liga match between RC Celta de Vigo and Real Sociedad at Abanca-Balaidos on April 07, 2019 in Vigo, Spain. (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

Lobotka, who, like Gomez, has been plying his trade at the Balaidos since the summer of 2017, has long been highly-regarded across Europe, with the diminutive 24-year-old’s touch, vision and ability to control the tempo of a game from deep having seen the likes of Tottenham, Arsenal and Napoli named as admirers in the past.

West Ham bound?

Celta Vigo, however, could well be set to say goodbye to both players this summer.

On the back of a dismal campaign which saw the Celestes narrowly avoid relegation, Gomez and Lobotka have no doubt set their sights on moving on to bigger and better things.

And, as per the aforementioned report from Gianluca Di Marzio, a Premier League switch could be on the cards.

This comes amid claims that West Ham United are locked in negotiations with Celta over a double deal worth over 60 million Euro.

Gomez’s arrival would likely signal the end of Marko Arnautovic’s time at the London Stadium, with Lobotka viewed as an alternative to Barcelona’s Andre Gomes, who, despite links with the Hammers, is expected to join Everton on a permanent basis following his successful loan spell at Goodison Park last season.

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