Flamengo vice-president Marcos Braz has suggested that the Brazilian club have rejected a £25 million bid for West Ham target Gabriel Barbosa.
And Brazilian journalist Jorge Nicola says that he imagines that the bid for the 25-year-old striker ‘might have come from West Ham’.
And considering the South American’s goalscoring history, we think he’d be a very decent option for West Ham this summer.
One thing’s for sure, Moyes cannot allow another transfer window to pass without bringing in a top-class centre-forward.
It has been 18 months now since Sebastien Haller was sold to Ajax and Moyes has to make that right this summer. It seems as though that’s exactly what the Scot has in mind…
West Ham seem to be in for Gabriel Barbosa
A €30 million (£25 million) bid has been lodged for the Brazilian according to Flamengo vice-president Marcos Braz and Jorge Nicola reckons that that offer may well have come from the Hammers:
“I imagine it might have been West Ham.”
The bid was allegedly broke down into a €10 million (£8 million) loan and an option to buy for €20 million (£17 million) next summer. Flamengo would clearly prefer the money up front though (Jorge Nicola).
The 25-year-old has been in scintillating form over the past couple of years.
Barbosa has scored 104 goals in 161 games for the Brazilian giants. This season, he’s bagged 20 goals and two assists in 39 games (Transfermarkt).
The Brazilian is a proven goalscorer and that is exactly what West Ham need at the moment.
However, there have been accusations that the striker isn’t the most hard-working and committed to training in the past.
Former Inter boss Frank de Boer didn’t hold back when discussing Gabigol’s time at the San Siro, as quoted by The Mirror:
“Inter bought him for €35 million. I didn’t know much about him, but they told me he was a fantastic player. He thought he could do everything while standing still, playing indoor football. They called him Gabigol, but we called him ‘Gabi-no-gol.’ He joined us with two personal social media editors and a bodyguard but didn’t do anything.”
Well now, that’s not great to hear about a player we’re linked with is it!
The thing is, every footballer goes through tough spells.
If there is one manager who could get the best out of Gabigol, it’s David Moyes. The Brazilian will surely want to prove himself in the Premier League and will be hungry to succeed.
And if West Ham end up signing Gabriel Barbosa this summer, we’re sure that he will provide very strong competition and cover for Michail Antonio.