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Striker Gabriel Barbosa taking action today to force through move to West Ham claims new report
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Striker Gabriel Barbosa taking action today to force through move to West Ham claims new report

Striker Gabriel Barbosa is taking action today to force through a January move to West Ham claims a new report.

It is no secret David Moyes wants to sign a striker this month.

Indeed following the win over Norwich, Moyes reiterated as much, admitting he has been trying to find a new forward for two years.

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

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

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.

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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’.

But Moyes has been in full control of the football operation – including all recruitment – at West Ham since his return to the club.

South American football expert Tim Vickery fired a warning last week that Barbosa has a tendency to be ‘sulky and spoilt’ and didn’t strike him as a Moyes type of character.

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Striker Gabriel Barbosa taking action today to force through move to West Ham claims new report

Speculation intensified last night, though, when Sky Sports claimed Barbosa is looking to take action today (Thursday) to force through a move to West Ham in the January window.

“Gabriel Barbosa is set to tell Flamengo that he wants to leave the club and move to England, with West Ham keen to sign the forward,” Sky Sports reported last night.

“The Hammers made an offer to take Barbosa on loan for 18 months – with the option of making the move permanent for €30m (£25m) – earlier this month, and that proposal remains on the table.

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“However, Flamengo do not want to sell or loan out Barbosa this month. The 25-year-old has scored 104 goals in 147 games for the Brazilian side.

“But Barbosa is keen to leave the club and is set to meet with his representatives and Flamengo officials on Thursday, when he will make his desire to move to England clear.

“Barbosa is understood to believe that a move to the Premier League could help him cement the role as Brazil’s leading striker ahead of the World Cup this winter.”

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