West Ham United on Sunday agreed to pay Maxi Gomez’s £44.85m release clause as they look to swiftly replace Marko Arnautovic – who got his money-grabbing move to China.
The Hammers are in desperate need of a striker, and they have identified Gomez as the man that they want to boost their strike force, which at the moment consists of, ageing, Javier Hernandez and Jordan Hugill – who has not impressed at all since joining from Preston North End in January 2018.
In truth, West Ham could save a lot of money and pay and Salomon Rondon’s £16.5m release clause and guarantee themselves a striker proven in the Premier League, rather than taking an expensive risk in bringing an untested 22-year-old into the harsh world of Premier League football.
West Ham would be daft if they weren’t in for the 29-year-old – who bagged 12 goals for Newcastle United last season.
If West Ham were to sign the former Zenit St Petersburg man, then they would have a striker capable of holding the ball up and bringing players like Felipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko into play, but also a striker who would work for the team.
Most importantly, though, he would score all types of goals – Rondon last season scored headers, volleys, close-range finishes and even whipped in a free-kick; he proved that he was a good Premier League striker and West Ham should be doing everything they can to snap him up.
Gomez may prove the more popular option with some fans, and at 22 he has the potential to improve and be a good striker, but why take the risk when they can pick up Rondon for a steal?
Rondon may still move to China, to join Benitez, but if he doesn’t, then West Ham have to be in for him.