West Ham have suffered somewhat of a blow in their reported pursuit of Gabriel Barbosa, with the Brazilian sharing his desire to join Premier League giants Liverpool.

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FC Inter News claimed earlier this year that the Hammers want to sign the Inter-owned hitman.

The 23-year-old has spent the last season on loan with Flamengo in Brazil, and he was on fire, scoring 31 goals in 38 appearances.

Flamengo v Avai - Brasileirao Series A 2019

Gabriel Barbosa (Photo by Bruna Prado/Getty Images)

He is exactly the type of striker West Ham need.

But it seems as though they will have their work cut-out.

 

Barbosa, commonly known as ‘Gabigol’, admitted that it his desire to play in the Premier League with Liverpool, as quoted by the Daily Mail:

Flamengo v Avai - Brasileirao Series A 2019

Gabriel Barbosa (Photo by Bruna Prado/Getty Images)

“Firmino is great, I really admire him. He’s been successful for many years in Europe. He is a powerful forward and he has been great for Brazil. He is an inspiration that I look up to. It would be a pleasure to play with him. Maybe we could team up for Brazil in the future and Liverpool is a team that everyone wants to play for.”

Passione Inter claims that Barbosa could be available for just £26 million in January. And that would be an absolute steal in the current market.

West Ham will really have their work cut-out now if they are to sign Gabigol. If Liverpool are actually interested in the Brazilian, it will be nigh on impossible to beat the Merseyside outfit to his signature.

The 23-year-old seems to be ideally suited to the Premier League. And judging by his comments, he could be plying his trade for the champions elect very soon.

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