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West Ham United have initiated interest in Inter Milan striker Gabriel Barbosa a friend and former teammate of Hammers hero Felipe Anderson.

That’s according to a well placed journalist working for Sky Sports Italia.
West Ham have been linked with a £18 million move for the Brazilian star – nicknamed Gabigol – who has just finished a season-long loan at Santos (Daily Mail).
Last night Fabrizio Romano, who works for Sky Sports in Italy, said on Twitter: “West Ham asked for Gabigol. He’s back to Inter after Santos-loan. Many Premier League clubs have made inquiry for the Brazilian, but West Ham are going to start talks soon.”
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Inter must raise £45mil in player sales

The striker is highly rated and shone for Santos last term with 22 goals in 38 games.
Inter are being forced to raise £45 million in player sales to avoid Financial Fair Play sanctions.
And the Serie A giants will more likely sell fringe players like Barbosa than risk losing stars such as Mauro Icardi.
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Injury-hit Pellegrini needs reinforcements

Manuel Pellegrini has already stated he will be looking to bring in players in January with a central midfielder and striker the priority after a spate of injuries robbed the Hammers of a host of key players.
Barbosa played with West Ham hero Felipe Anderson in his first spell at Santos.
Gabigol was snapped up by Inter while Anderson earned a move to Serie A rivals Lazio.
If West Ham push through the move the pair could be reunited in East London come January.
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Anderson and Barbosa reunited in East London?

Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini needs to bolster his options in January as he nurses a Premier League-worst injury list which now includes talisman Marko Arnautovic.

Barbosa himself has suggested he is ready to talk to interested clubs over a January move to the Premier League (Football Italia).

Barbosa recently dropped a big hint he could be influenced by his former Santos teammate Anderson. The pair – pictured in the Brazil squad together above – remains close friends.

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