Danny Mills has blasted West Ham for the manner in which they tried to seal the capture of Maxi Gomez from Celta Vigo this summer.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leed and England defender was critical of the way the Irons’ hunt has been played out in the media, admitting it will be a “disappointment” for the Hammers they appear to have missed out on his capture.
Sky Sports reported on Wednesday evening that the proposed £45million move was off after the clubs failed to agree a payment structure for his signing, Spanish publication Marca later revealing he was in Valencia to seal a move there.
Mills says he thinks that the Hammers thought they had secured the Uruguay international’s signing before it fell through, tearing into their decision not to offer the money up front.
He went on to claim that they desperately need to find some attacking reinforcements after Marko Arnautovic’s exit.
Asked if it was poor planning from the Hammers, Mills said: “Yeah, I think also it was very, very public. They thought they were going to get their man, it’s very difficult to backtrack for whatever reason.
“If you can get a deal done, just get it done and then announce it – it doesn’t need to be out in the public eye for two or three weeks beforehand. It will be a disappointment for them, they do need to add, obviously centre forward-wise is what they really need. They look a little bit light up front.
“If you want to push on to that next level, you need a goalscorer. If you want a player that badly, if you think he’s going to add real value, you just say: ‘Here you go. There’s my suitcase full of cash’. You might end up paying a little bit more and this is why owners and managers leave it until the very last minute to try and get a bargain.
“If you want somebody, go out, pay it, make that player better and actually you end up getting value for money.”
The 22-year-old striker scored 13 times in 35 La Liga appearances last season, while he has 12 caps and two goals under his belt for Uruguay.
West Ham have just two recognised centre forwards among their squad following Arnautovic’s exit in the shape of Javier Hernandez and Jordan Hugill, the latter of the pair having made just three appearances for the Irons.