West Ham fear missing out to Valencia in race for Celta Vigo’s Maxi Gómez

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West Ham face an uphill battle to convince Maxi Gómez to choose them over Valencia after lodging a £25m bid for the Celta Vigo striker.

Manuel Pellegrini is determined to continue improving his squad after signing Pablo Fornals from Villarreal on Friday and has long been an admirer of Gómez. However West Ham fear they will miss out on the Uruguayan to Valencia, who can offer the 22-year-old Champions League football.

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