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Frustration increases with West Ham allegedly refusing to pay £12.5m fee for 23-year-old striker in January

West Ham have not yet met the €15 million (£12.5 million) January asking price for FC Basel striker Arthur Cabral according to a report from Goal.

The Hammers’ need for a new centre-forward this month has been well-documented.

David Moyes chose to sell Sebastien Haller to Ajax in January 2021.

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12 months down the line and we are still waiting for his replacement to rock up at the London Stadium.


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West Ham have a genuine chance of securing a top four finish in the Premier League table this season. In order to do that though, bringing in a proven goalscorer with genuine pedigree will be an absolute necessity in the January transfer window.

One name who has been linked with a move to the London Stadium consistently over the past few months is Arthur Cabral (Goal Brazil and 4-4-2.CH writer Andre Oechsner).

Hammers news spoke exclusively to Oechsner back in November and he made it very clear that the Hammers are keen to sign the Brazilian hitman.

West Ham refusing to meet Cabral asking price in January

Goal claims that as things stand, the Hammers are yet to meet Basel’s £12.5 million asking price for the 23-year-old striker.

Cabral seems to be ideally suited to West Ham. He possesses all of the attributes required to succeed in the Premier League, aside from pace.

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What the South American lacks with speed he certainly makes up for with positional awareness and movement, however.

The 23-year-old Brazilian has been on fire for Basel this season, bagging 27 goals and eight assists in just 31 games in all competitions (Transfermarkt).

Cabral is energetic, dynamic, has great movement and is an exemplary finisher. Surely he’s worth £12.5 million!

The Basel ace would provide strong competition and cover for Michail Antonio. And £12.5 million is the kind of fee that means signing him wouldn’t be a massive risk.

Surely this is one that David Moyes just needs to get done. And if the Scot does want to sign Cabral, the onus will be on the West Ham owners to make it happen.

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