When writing a column for the Sun, well-renowned South American football expert Tim Vickery has suggested that Gabriel Barbosa wasn’t keen on a switch to West Ham in January because he didn’t want to join a club in danger of getting relegated.
The Sun claimed back in January that the Hammers wanted to sign the Brazilian hitman for around £20 million.
Claims that were backed up by well-renowned West Ham insiders Claret and Hugh.
The 23-year-old ended up joining Flamengo on a permanent deal from Inter Milan, however, having spent the previous campaign on loan with the Brazilian giants (Daily Mail).
The striker, commonly known as ‘Gabigol’, was on fire for Flamengo last season. He racked up an incredible 34 goals in 41 games.
And he is seemingly ideally suited to the Premier League.
Disappointing for Hammers to miss out on striker
It really is a shame that West Ham didn’t manage to sign the five-capped Brazil international.
And Tim Vickery told the Sun why the Hammers failed in their attempts to bring Barbosa to the London Stadium in January:
“The line from his camp was that he was not interested in joining a team that was battling against relegation, which scotched the rumours of interest from West Ham. It is difficult to imagine Gabriel getting on well with David Moyes. But it is not easy to see how he could do much better.”
Hopefully West Ham will avoid relegation this season. And then in the summer we might be able to attract players from the very top tier.
There is plenty of hard work to be done, however. Next up for the Hammers is Arsenal away. And a positive result at the Emirates would go a long way to ensuring that they retain their top flight status for another season.