Leading South American football expert makes big David Moyes claim live on air when discussing a reported West Ham move for Gabriel Barbosa.

Widespread reports claim West Ham are eyeing a January move to sign Flamengo striker Barbosa.

The Hammers have been relying solely on Michail Antonio for the last year since selling Sebastien Haller to Ajax.

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90 Min claimed Moyes is 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.

As reported by Hammers News, some West Ham fans think the fingerprints of co-owner David Sullivan – who has had a penchant for taking a chance on South American strikers without much success over the years – are all over the reported West Ham move for ‘Gabigol’.

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South American expert makes big David Moyes claim live on air when discussing West Ham move for Gabriel Barbosa

Well now leading South American football expert and journalist Tim Vickery has made a big David Moyes claim when discussing a potential West Ham move for Barbosa on Sky Sports News.

“I’ve loved watching him over here (Brazil) for the last three years with Flamengo,” Vickery said live on Sky Sports News on Thursday at 12.23pm.

 

“He’s very, very talented, but he’s 25 and his previous spell in Europe at Inter Milan and Benfica was an unmitigated disaster. And the big European clubs are usually not interested in 25-year-olds who haven’t come off in Europe.

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“What he has done in Flamengo, is it transferable? There are two reasons to doubt. One is technical, the other is temperamental…

“From a temperamental point of view he has made some progress. But there is a lack of emotional maturity.

“He’s been spoilt in Brazil, he’s been allowed to believe he is special. He throws sulks sometimes when he’s substituted.

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“That made me very surprised when I saw West Ham were linked because he doesn’t seem like a David Moyes type of player.

“David Moyes shipped out one very talented but unreliable Brazilian in Felipe Anderson. Is he ready to work with Gabriel Barbosa? So there are risks involved.

“Flamengo would want over £30m for him, is anyone prepared to pay it?”

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