West Ham United had been heavily linked with a move for Inter Milan outcast Gabriel Barbosa over the last year.
Hammers fans were not happy after their attempts to sign the Brazilian striker on loan backfired recently.
West Ham have been linked with the man nicknaked Gabigol since last January.
West Ham tried to get Barbosa on loan on deadline day a year ago according to the player’s agent (Express).
But the 23-year-old ended up joining Flamengo on a season-long loan from Inter Milan.
West Ham’s on-off pursuit of Barbosa
Back in his homeland, Barbosa scored an incredible 43 goals in 58 games.
And that sparked new interest from the likes of West Ham.
Unpopular co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold appeared to have cost West Ham the chance to sign Barbosa recently.
FC Inter News and Football Italia reported that Inter rejected an offer from West Ham because Sullivan – who is leading transfer negotiations again after the departure of Mario Husillos – insisted on an initial loan deal.
That is despite Inter making it clear they needed the money to balance the books and fund their own transfer activity.
Striker branded an “idiot” for seeing West Ham as “too small”
But talkSPORT’s South American football expert Tim Vickery claims Barbosa felt West Ham are “too small” for him.
And Vickery, who pointed out that Barbosa had flopped badly in Europe with Benfica and Inter, branded him an ‘idiot’ who could have done a lot worse than sign for the Hammers.
“Looks like it (Barbosa will sign for Flamengo), they’re very confident,” Vickery told talkSPORT.
“And the reason for that is they (Inter) haven’t had an offer from a big European club. He’s 23, he failed absolutely dismally in Europe with Benfica and Inter.
“Now there was rumour of an interest from West Ham – which I couldn’t really see myself, I just couldn’t see him getting on with the coach – but what was coming out in Brazil was he thought the club were too small for him.
“And if he’s thinking that, he’s an idiot because he’s very unlikely to get a big European club now – you know one of the giants. But a club of the stature of West Ham, who have a magnificent history in their own right, you do well there and then you’ve proved yourself in Europe and one of the bigger European clubs might well be interested in you.
“If he stays in Brazil his problem is he might never get back to Europe. If you want to be considered a genuine world class player you’ve got to do it in top level European football.”
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If Barbosa did feel West Ham were “too small” for him then Vickery is right to be critical.
West Ham have had some world class players over the years, most recently Dimitri Payet.
He could have been a cult hero at West Ham and really made a name for himself.
But instead Vickery expects him to return to relative obscurity with Flamengo in Brazil.