Some fans think co-owner David Sullivan’s fingerprints are all over the reported West Ham move for striker Gabriel Barbosa.
The transfer window is open and the world and its wife knows West Ham want and need a new striker.
It is one of football’s worst kept secrets that the Hammers require more options up front. David Moyes has been relying solely on Michail Antonio for the last year since selling Sebastien Haller to Ajax.
West Ham have already been linked with a host of forwards just four days into the window.
One of those Moyes is said to be eyeing is Flamengo striker Barbosa.
According to a report from 90 Min last month, West Ham are seriously considering a bid for Barbosa – nicknamed Gabigol – having first been linked with him two years ago when the 25-year-old was leaving Inter Milan for a return to Brazil.
Sky Sports have also run several reports claiming West Ham are interested including a profile piece on what Hammers fans can expect if Moyes does sign Barbosa.
Since returning to West Ham, Moyes has made it clear on several occasions that he is in full control of the football operation at the club.
It was one of his biggest demands and achievements as majority stakeholder Sullivan entrusted Moyes with taking a lead on recruitment and transfers.
But when West Ham are linked with South American players, many fans assume Sullivan is involved given his penchant to take a chance on players – particularly forwards – from the continent over the years.
It is easy to understand why.
The list of South American striker imports at West Ham under Sullivan and David Gold is long and not very successful.
Wellington Paulista, Brian Montenegro, Nene, Pablo Barrera, Jonathan Calleri, Ilan, Mauro Zarate, Enner Valencia and Javier Hernandez were all signed on Sullivan’s watch over the last 11 years.
In total those players made 181 league appearances for West Ham scoring just 34 goals between them.
As a result many West Ham fans are treating the links to Barbosa with much scepticism.
And a fair few believe the move – if true – has Sullivan’s fingerprints all over it.
Here are a selection of Twitter comments from West Ham fans on the alleged move for Gabigol.