West Ham United’s unpopular owners look to have cost the club the chance to sign exciting striker Gabriel Barbosa.
The Hammers have been linked with the Brazilian forward 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.
Gabigol wanted by Hammers
Back in his homeland, Barbosa scored an incredible 43 goals in 58 games.
And that sparked new interest from the likes of West Ham.
Claret & Hugh, which regularly claims to have a top level source inside West Ham – believed to be co-owner David Sullivan – said the interest in Barbosa was real.
The prospect of signing the lively goalscorer from Inter excited West Ham fans.
Record signing Sebastien Haller is the club’s only recognised, proven striker. And he has struggled in the lone forward role.
Have owners cost West Ham exciting deal?
But it appears co-owners Sullivan and David Gold have cost the club the chance to sign Barbosa.
That’s if a new report from Italy is to be believed.
FC Inter News and Football Italia has reported that Inter have rejected West Ham’s offer 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.
West Ham wanted 18-month loan with option to buy – report
West Ham wanted a ‘paid 18-month loan with option to buy for another £18m’ according to FC Inter News.
That will anger West Ham fans who have been critical of the owners following a paltry £25million net spend over the last two transfer windows.
The only good news for West Ham is that Flamengo are also struggling to agree a deal with Inter.
So there may be a glimmer of hope yet if Sullivan and Gold change their approach.