West Ham have made an ‘absurd’ January offer for Flamengo striker Gabriel Barbosa.
Hammers boss David Moyes appears to be very keen to bolster his centre-forward ranks at the London Stadium.
And it’s little wonder as to why.
West Ham have just one recognised senior striker in the form of Michail Antonio. We cannot keep relying on the 31-year-old – he will break down sooner or later.
Gabriel Barbosa is a name who has been linked repeated with a move to the London Stadium, most recently by Sky Sports.
In fact, West Ham have made an offer for ‘Gabigol’ but it was a derogatory one according to a report from UOL Esporte.
Apparently the Hammers offered a £5 million loan fee to take the 25-year-old for 18 months.
‘Absurd’ West Ham January Barbosa offer evidence of more David Sullivan games
Sky Sports reckon that Flamengo won’t entertain offers south of €30 million (£25 million) for the Brazilian forward.
So the fact that we have offered a £5 million loan fee for Gabigol’s services for 18 months is actually laughable.
Flamengo obviously don’t want their top scorer to leave.
The 25-year-old has scored an impressive 84 goals in 124 games for Flamengo. Last season, he racked up 29 goals in 43 games (Transfermarkt). So he certainly knows where the back of the net is.
Barbosa struggled in Europe during the earlier stages of his career but he’s an older and wiser player now.
It will take a lot more than a nominal £5 million offer to prise the striker away from Flamengo.
West Ham and more specifically David Sullivan, has history of making lowball offers for players. When the bids subsequently get rejected, the Hammers owners then roll out the old ‘We tried’ excuse.
The Gabigol negotiations seem to be yet another example of that.
We really hope that Sullivan isn’t standing in Moyes’s way this month. A couple of top-class signings could be enough to see us to a top four finish this season.
It feels like Moyes might be working with one hand tied behind his back yet again though…