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January transfer news: West Ham offer on the table for striker Sky Sports claims

January transfer news: West Ham United’s offer for Flamengo striker Gabriel Barbosa is still very much on the table.

That’s according to Sky Sports who claim that the Hammers’ interest in the 25-year-old remains.

The offer we have made is thought to be an 18-month loan with an option to buy Gabigol for €30 million (£25 million).

There is a big problem though. Flamengo don’t want to sell Barbosa this summer, let alone send him out on an 18-month loan.

Something has clearly got to give.

Either West Ham need to offer Flamengo a substantial loan offer for the Brazilian hitman or perhaps change the loan option to an obligation.

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West Ham’s need for a new striker is clear and obvious for everyone to see.

David Moyes absolutely must bring more competition and cover to the London Stadium for Michail Antonio in the January transfer window.

The 31-year-old has been brilliant for the Hammers but we quite simply cannot continue to rely on him as our only option through the middle.

It has been negligent squad building from West Ham, especially considering the fact that most top flight clubs have at least three, if not four, strikers. Hopefully that will all change soon, however.

West Ham still trying to sign striker in January

Sky Sports reporter Dharmesh Sheth has claimed that the Hammers’ offer for Gabriel Barbosa is still very much on the table:

“Gabriel Barbosa, it all went quiet, we know that David Moyes makes the final decision on transfers at West Ham. I’m told that West Ham’s offer is still on the table and it hasn’t been withdrawn. The interest does remain for Barbosa. The proposal was an 18-month loan plus a €30 million (£25 million) option to buy. Flamengo do not want to loan or sell him in this transfer window. I’m told that Gabigol will make it clear to his agents that he wants to make a move to England.”

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The South American forward certainly knows where there back of the net is. He has scored 51 goals for Flamengo in 72 league appearances (Who Scored).

It must be said though, Barbosa seems to be nothing like a David Moyes type signing. There have been question marks regarding his attitude and he really struggled in Europe during spells with Inter Milan and Benfica.

Former Inter boss Frank de Boer was highly critical of Gabigol when discussing the Brazilian’s time at Inter Milan, 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.”

Perhaps Moyes likes the idea of the challenge of getting the absolute best out of the 25-year-old striker.

The Scot has certainly worked his magic before, just look at what he did with Marko Arnautovic during his first spell in charge at the London Stadium.

On things for sure, West Ham absolutely must sign a striker this month.

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We are currently flying high in fourth spot in the Premier League table and have a genuine chance to kick on and secure Champions League football for the first time in our history.

Our hopes of doing that will hinge heavily on Moyes’s ability to bring a top-class centre-forward to the London Stadium though.

Whether Gabigol is the right man for the job at West Ham is debatable.

He would certainly be better than nobody at all though, that’s the way we look at it.

However, it remains to be seen whether Flamengo will be prepared to negotiate with West Ham. They clearly don’t want to send their best player out on an 18-month loan and why would they?

Perhaps the Hammers need to up the ante.

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