West Ham are eyeing a January move to sign Flamengo striker Gabriel ‘Gabigol’ Barbosa according to a report from 90 Min but his recent comments pledging allegiance to Liverpool could represent us with a problem.
Hammers boss David Moyes desperately needs to sign a striker in January and it could be argued that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is in the same boat.
The Reds obviously have far greater wealth than we do. So if West Ham and Liverpool are in for the same player, there will usually only be one winner.
Now, the Merseyside outfit were linked with a move to sign Barbosa back in the summer (TEAMtalk).
And if they renew their interest in the Brazilian, Hammers boss David Moyes really could have his work cut-out.
West Ham have a problem after Gabigol said he wants Liverpool move
The Brazilian is allegedly keen to move to the Premier League from Flamengo. And it seems as though he would prefer a move to Anfield rather than the London Stadium.
Barbosa once admitted that it his desire to play in the Premier League with Liverpool, as quoted by the Daily Mail:
“Firmino is great, I really admire him. He’s been successful for many years in Europe. He is a powerful forward and he has been great for Brazil. He is an inspiration that I look up to. It would be a pleasure to play with him. Maybe we could team up for Brazil in the future and Liverpool is a team that everyone wants to play for.”
The 25-year-old has been on fire since returning to Brazil from Inter Milan.
Barbosa has scored 84 goals in 122 games for the Brazilian giants. This season, he racked up 29 goals in 41 games (Transfermarkt).
The Brazilian football season ends this month. So it would be no surprise to see Gabigol move on to pastures new in January.
Barbosa will be available for around £30 million next month according to 90 Min.
That seems rather extortionate but if the Brazilian striker really wants to move to the Premier League and makes that clear to his employers, he will probably be available for much cheaper.
Barbosa would be a decent option for West Ham. If Liverpool get a sniff of his availability, however, it could well be curtains for our hopes of signing him.