West Ham are preparing to make a formal offer for FC Basel striker Arthur Cabral in the coming days according to a report from Goal Brazil.
The Hammers have two main priorities in the January transfer window – signing an elite, prolific striker and an established, top-class central defender.
The East London outfit are flying at the moment. We are in contention for a top four finish and the boys have a genuine chance of making their mark in Europe.
West Ham’s last 16 Europa League tie is only two months away now and David Moyes cannot afford not to strengthen his ranks at the London Stadium between now and the end of the January transfer window.
The urgent need for a new centre-back has only come about over the past six weeks or so after we lost Angelo Ogbonna and Kurt Zouma to long-term injuries. Our desperate need for a new striker has been going on for a long time, however – even before we sold Sebastien Haller to Ajax in January last year!
It seems as though Moyes is determined to put that right quickly though.
West Ham prepare Arthur Cabral offer
According to Goal Brazil, the Hammers are set to make a formal bid for the 23-year-old forward imminently.
We think that Cabral would be an exceptional addition for West Ham.
The 23-year-old Brazilian has been on fire for Basel this season, bagging 27 goals and eight assists in just 31 games in all competitions (Transfermarkt).
Cabral is energetic, dynamic, has great movement and is an exemplary finisher. The one red flag for West Ham is that he isn’t the fastest.
That may be somewhat of a concern considering how crucial pace is in the Premier League.
In spite of his lack of pace, we still believe that he would be the ideal January addition for West Ham.
Hammers News recently spoke with 4-4-2.CH writer Andre Oechsner who told us that Cabral could be available for around €20 million (£17 million) next month.
That seems like very good value to us considering the Brazilian’s incredible goal record.
And if Moyes manages to bring the Basel ace to the London Stadium in January, as well as a top-class centre-back, we should be in a very strong position to push on for a place inside the top four come May.
One final thing of note is that the West Ham fans need not worry about Cabral being similar to recent Hammers flop Albian Ajeti. This comparison needs to be put to bed now. The Brazilian is on another level entirely to the Swiss striker who has now left West Ham for Celtic.