West Ham United have been given fresh hope of landing striker target Gabriel Barbosa.
West Ham United have a long-standing interest in the Brazilian striker and former teammate of Felipe Anderson.
The 23-year-old is owned by Inter Milan but is on loan with Flamengo until the end of December.
There Barbosa, nicknamed Gabigol, has scored a superb 40 goals in 54 games this year.
West Ham long-linked with Gabigol
And that, according to Italian outlet FC Inter News, has rekindled West Ham’s interest in a player they were linked with in the last three windows since Manuel Pellegrini’s arrival.
Barbosa’s agent revealed back in January that West Ham tried to rush through a deal for his client, but he ended up moving back to Brazil on loan for a year instead (FC Inter 1908).
Earlier this week Football Italia claimed West Ham are still interested in Barbosa.
Toothless Hammers given new hope over Barbosa
Pellegrini is desperately short of striker options this season.
Haller arrived for £45million but all five of last season’s strikers were shipped out of West Ham in the summer.
Albian Ajeti has not looked up to it while Haller has become an isolated and frustrated figure up front.
West Ham have not won in eight games and must bring in at least one forward in January.
Barbosa had looked set to sign permanently for Flamengo (Sky Sports Italy).
Now Beppe Marotta, the director of Barbosa’s parent club Inter Milan, has revealed the player will be shipped out in January and has ‘several offers’ on the table.
‘It’s unlikely he will be part of our project’
“We see Gabigol the same way as Lautaro, a player who is growing year by year,” Marotta told Football Italia.
“His loan ends in December, after which we’ll carefully evaluate what to do with him.
“It’s unlikely he’ll be part of our project, but he has several proposals and we’ll evaluate it all carefully along with the player.”
According to Football Italia West Ham face competition from London rivals Crystal Palace.
But if the Hammers are serious about landing Barbosa, the lure of playing for a bigger club, with a huge support and reuniting with Anderson should swing things in their favour.