West Ham want to sign Flamengo striker Gabriel Barbosa on loan in the January transfer window according to a report from Eurosport.
We just don’t think the rumour rings true though.
Hammers boss David Moyes will be desperate to sign a new striker in January.
In fact, West Ham have needed a top-class striker since Sebastien Haller left for Ajax way back in January.
The main reason why Moyes has failed to add to his centre-forward options is because he is so particular when it comes to signing players.
The Scot will not bring anyone to the London Stadium for the sake of it. Any potential new arrival has to possess similar attributes to Michail Antonio – pace, power and a hard work ethic.
That’s why links with Gabigol seem to be well off the mark.
West Ham after Gabriel Barbosa?
Eurosport reckon that Moyes wants to bring the 25-year-old Brazilian to the London Stadium on loan in the January transfer window.
We just can’t see how this would make sense though.
Barbosa has scored 84 goals in 124 games for Flamengo. Last season, he racked up 29 goals in 43 games (Transfermarkt). So he certainly knows where the back of the net is.
His struggles in Europe with Inter and Benfica will undoubtedly be a concern for West Ham, however. It’s all well and good doing it in Brazil but the Premier League would be a real step up in quality and intensity.
There are also question marks regarding Barbosa’s attitude and application.
Former Inter boss Frank de Boer didn’t hold back when discussing Gabigol’s time at the San Siro, 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.”
Wow, they are some really harsh words. Frank de Boer obviously knows what he’s talking about. And his comments on Gabigol prove that the South American just isn’t a David Moyes type player whatsoever.
The Mirror reckon that Barbosa is valued at around £40 million. So he obviously has something special about him.
Gabigol just isn’t the man for West Ham though, and more importantly, David Moyes’s setup at the London Stadium.