Hammers News spoke exclusively to 4-4-2.CH writer Andre Oechsner about West Ham United’s alleged interest in making a bid for FC Basel hitman Arthur Cabral.
And it seems as though the Hammers are indeed keen to prise the 23-year-old striker away from the Swiss outfit.
The 23-year-old Brazilian striker has been absolutely on fire so far this season, bagging 25 goals and eight assists in just 26 games in all competitions (Transfermarkt).
Cabral has scored 74 goals in 149 career games so far (Transfermarkt).
He really does seem like the real deal and the Hammers fans would surely be very excited to see Cabral rock up at the London Stadium in January.
What are the chances of that actually happening though?
Well, Hammers News sat down with 4-4-2.CH journalist Andre Oechsner to get the inside scoop…
Journalist says he’s been told West Ham have made £17m bid for Arthur Cabral
Firstly, we asked Oechsner if West Ham’s interest in Cabral is genuine…
“A club from the Premier League has made a €20 million (£17 million) offer for Cabral. My sources say it’s probably West Ham United.”
FC Barcelona are said to be interested in Cabral’s services as well (4-4-2.CH). And we asked the Swiss journalist whether we should be worried about Barca’s alleged interest in signing the 23-year-old…
“Cabral has never commented on which of the interested parties he would prefer to join. Obviously, if Barca are serious, he will certainly be honoured and might not be able to turn them down. What player would turn down a move to Barcelona – especially one who currently plays in Switzerland?”
We then asked Oechsner whether the South American front-man would suit David Moyes’s counter attacking setup at the London Stadium…
“He has excellent physicality and can use both feet. He is very good in the air and is a typical number nine who can hold up the ball but is also a very good finisher. Cabral has a phenomenal eye for goal but he is not the fastest.”
Finally, we put it to the 4-4-2.CH writer that West Ham have gone down the route of signing a striker from FC Basel before and that one didn’t work out too well…
‘My honest opinion, he is not another Albian Ajeti, but a lot more.”
So there you have it. It seems as though our interest in signing Cabral is definitely genuine.
The main concern is Barcelona’s interest in acquiring his signature. The fact that he isn’t the quickest of strikers is somewhat of a worry but in fairness, we desperately require a plan B anyway.
So having someone who is more technically proficient and prolific than Michail Antonio but perhaps not as fast isn’t the worst thing in the world.
One thing’s for sure, Moyes absolutely must strengthen his centre-forward ranks at the London Stadium in January if West Ham are to maintain our position inside the top four.
And we think that Cabral would be a sensational addition for the Hammers.
You can follow Andre Oechsner on Twitter here: @andreoeausm
And read his work here on 4-4-2.CH.