West Ham are desperate to add attacking signings to their squad next season, but have so far been frustrated in their attempts to lure the likes of Michy Batshuayi and Alexandre Lacazette to the club. The latest reports indicate they may have shifted targets and they may be more successful this time around.
With Batshuayi joining Chelsea and Lacazette rejecting a switch to the Hammers, Gomez may be a more realistic candidate to improve the spearhead of West Ham’s attack.
Gomez is still officially a Fiorentina player, although he spent last season on loan at Besiktas. Besiktas are desperate to sign Gomez permanently though after he scored 27 goals in 33 games during his loan spell. It is this form which earned his place in Germany’s international squad for Euro 2016. Gomez is a seasoned international, scoring 29 goals from 68 caps.
Despite playing in the Turkish league, a division that can be considered easier to score in, Gomez’ goalscoring rate was phenomenal last season, scoring 0.93 goals per 90 minutes. On top of the 27 goals, he notched up 4 assists and made 23 key passes that season, statistics that highlight his ability to also be creative as well as score goals. Gomez is certainly not the most mobile striker though and much like they do when Andy Carroll plays, if West Ham were to stick Gomez up front, they will need to play to his strengths in order to get the best out of the German.
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Gomez would also be an awful lot cheaper than the other striking options West Ham have attempted to make so far this summer, with a valuation of around £5million mooted. This could allow more budget for Slaven Bilic to spend elsewhere.
West Ham are also favourites to sign Yannick Bolasie, although Manchester United and Liverpool are also interested according to The Star. Bolasie could be available this summer with the arrival of Andros Townsend at Crystal Palace already providing the club with a replacement.
Bolasie, 27 has previously been a target for Tottenham and it is thought that the player would like to move to a club with more of a realistic chance of finishing in the top four next season. Despite Pardew’s ambition, it is likely Bolasie will push for a move this summer and West Ham could be the ideal destination with the player thought to be keen to stay in London.
Bolasie’s strengths are clear. He managed an amazing 3.25 successful take ons per 90 minutes last season and that pace and directness will certainly be helpful for the Hammers who sometimes lacked enough attacking quality last season.
Bolasie scores on average one goal per 5 games, which means he is a decent goalscoring option, but not the most prolific. He would play out wide for West Ham if he signed and probably start for the Hammers, something that Liverpool or Manchester United are unlikely to offer the 27-year-old.