David Moyes will have the final say on whether West Ham sign Gabriel Barbosa from Flamengo this month according to Sky Sports journalist Dharmesh Sheth.
The Hammers have been heavily linked with a move to bring ‘Gabigol’ to the London Stadium over the past few weeks.
The Hammers’ need for a top-class striker to provide more quality competition and cover for Michail Antonio has now reached desperation levels.
We quite simply cannot continue to rely upon the 31-year-old week in, week out.
Gabriel Barbosa is a man who could very well be up to the task of competing with Antonio for a place in Moyes’s starting XI at the London Stadium.
Sky Sports journalist Dharmesh Sheth reckons that West Ham are preparing an 18-month loan offer for the 25-year-old. We also want to include an option to buy him for £25 million in the summer of 2023.
It is suggested that once that package is finalised, the Hammers will go to Flamengo with a concrete offer for ‘Gabigol’. There is allegedly one man who will have the final say on the transfer though…
David Moyes has big role to play in West Ham bid for Barbosa
The Hammers boss will have the final say on whether or not we make the alleged £25 million option to buy offer for Barbosa in the January transfer window.
Barbosa has scored an impressive 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.
There have been serious questions asked about his attitude in the past, however.
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.
This one reeks of a David Sullivan signing if we’re honest. From De Boer’s comments, Barbosa really doesn’t seem like David Moyes type signing.
If Moyes genuinely does have the final say on whether we sign Gabigol or not, we don’t expect the Brazilian to be rocking up at the London Stadium anytime soon.
West Ham manager Moyes absolutely has to get his transfer business 100% spot on this month. There is absolutely no room for error.
And signing Gabriel Barbosa for a fee worth around £25 million may well prove to be too risky for the notoriously pragmatic and thorough David Moyes.