Tottenham are interested in signing Inter Milan striker Gabriel Barbosa, according to the Sunday People (January 12th, page 51), as West Ham face the prospect of missing out on yet another one of their January targets to their London rivals.
It seems as though the Hammers are set to be pipped by Spurs in the race to sign Benfica youngster Gedson Fernandes (The Mirror).
And considering the 20-year-old’s obvious talent, that is a real blow for West Ham.
But it could get worse for the east London outfit.
The Daily Mail claimed in November last year that West Ham wanted to sign £25 million-rated Barbosa, 23, in January.
FC Inter News suggested recently that Inter Milan have rejected the Hammers’ approach, however, because the east Londoners were insistent on a loan deal with an option to buy the Brazilian.
And with Tottenham reportedly ready to pay £25 million up front for Gabigol, West Ham seem to have missed the chance to sign a player who could go on to become one of the world’s best.
There are only two people to blame – David Sullivan and David Gold. Their insistence on constantly trying to do things on the cheap looks to have cost the Hammers dearly yet again.
Barbosa scored an incredible 34 goals in 43 games whilst on loan with Flamengo last year.
And £25 million seems like an absolute snip for the South American. Unfortunately, the West Ham owners clearly didn’t see it that way, however.
And it now seems as though the Hammers will miss out on Gabigol to Tottenham, as well as Fernandes.