By Harvey Byrne
London rivals West Ham are ready to hijack Tottenham’s deadline day move for Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes, according to a report.
The Daily Mail have claimed via their live transfer blog (Thursday, 6.25pm) that the Hammers are refusing to give up the chase for the 24-year-old and are even on “standby” tonight if Gomes’ move to Spurs falters.
The report claims that Tottenham are the current front-runners for Gomes and earlier in the evening the Mail even claimed that Mauricio Pochettino’s side were on the of signing the 25-time Portugal international on loan.
However, they will now be wary that if they fail to agree a deal then their east London Premier League rivals will be making a move after West Ham also held discussions for a loan move.
Gomes himself only moved to Barcelona last summer in a mega £50.6million deal from Valencia, including add-ons.
However, he struggled in his single season at the Nou Camp, returning just three goals and three assists in 48 matches in all competitions for the European giants.
Football Insider verdict:
West Ham’s stance seems to be false hope for the club with a move from the Hammers dependent on whether Tottenham falter in their bid for the playmaker or not. Now, it is not a guarantee that Tottenham’s move for Gomes won’t hit some problems between now and the 11.00pm deadline. However, right now it is looking very much as though Gomes will end the day a Spurs player and that West Ham will end with no one after heavy links to William Carvalho and Gomes, similarly to last summer when the club were linked to Alexandre Lacazette and Carlos Bacca.
In other Tottenham transfer news, Spurs have been offered the chance to sign this Madrid-based winger.