Ham­mers may have to go to the Max

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - SPORTS - EX­CLU­SIVE BY NEIL FISSLER

WEST HAM are clos­ing in on a club-record deal for Ceta Vigo hit­man Maxi Gomez as they look to re­place China-bound striker Marko Ar­nau­tovic.

Ham­mers boss Manuel Pel­le­grini needs to agree a fee for the Uruguay striker (above) with Celta, who are hold­ing out for the full £43.5mil­lion re­lease clause in his con­tract. West Ham want to pay £35m, but face com­pe­ti­tion from Va­len­cia, while Ar­nau­tovic is set to go to Shang­hai SIPG.

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