By Danny Wright
Tottenham are on the verge of signing Barcelona playmaker Andre Gomes on loan, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claimed in their live transfer blog on Thursday [05:00pm] that Spurs had emerged in pole position in the race with West Ham to snap up Gomes, 25, in a late deadline day deal.
It is understood that the Hammers are not likely to make any additions to their squad before the cut-off, meaning that Tottenham are now ahead and appear to be close to agreeing terms with European giants Barcelona to a deal worth a stunning £40million.
The report adds that Spurs will be obliged to sign him for that figure if the midfielder plays in more than 60 per cent of their matches for the rest of this season.
Gomes was mainly used as a squad player for Barcelona last term as he made 47 appearances across all competitions with most of them came from coming from the bench.
The 25-times Portugal international, who is known for his fine passing ability, has only played once this term after suffering with a couple of niggling injuries.
Football Insider Verdict
Gomes is a fantastic addition to Mauricio Pochettino’s squad. He is exactly what Spurs need and offers a great deal of depth to a midfield which could be left threadbare after a couple of injuries hit key players. The fact that this is a loan could be cleverly executed by Spurs. If Gomes doesn’t work out, they can simply drop him, therefore not having to splash £40million next summer on him. It’s another reason why Daniel Levy is the key man behind Spurs’ rise to the top in the last few seasons. Without him controlling the club, it’s fair to say that the Londoners would be in a much worse off at the moment and not signing players from Barcelona.