West Ham are weighing up a move to sign Flamengo striker Gabriel Barbosa according to a report from The Mirror.
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Hammers boss David Moyes desperately needs to sign a new striker this summer.
Sebastien Haller left the London Stadium to join Ajax in January and the Ivory Coast international still hasn’t been replaced.
Moyes absolutely has to get the striker signing spot on this summer.
If West Ham are going to enjoy success on all fronts this season, more quality competition for Michail Antonio is an absolute must.
It seems as though Moyes may well have identified the man for the job.
West Ham eyeing Gabriel Barbosa swoop
The Mirror claims that the £40 million-rated Brazilian is on the Hammers’ radar.
The 24-year-old has been on fire since returning to Brazil from Inter Milan.
Barbosa has scored 68 goals in 96 games for the Brazilian giants. Last season, he racked up 21 goals in 38 games (Transfermarkt). That’s more goals than Michail Antonio and Jesse Lingard scored combined last term!
On face value, it seems as though the Hammers would be getting a really top class player if they signed the Flamengo attacker.
His struggles in Europe with Inter and Benfica will undoubtedly be a concern for West Ham, however.
Former Inter boss Frank de Boer didn’t hold back when discussing Gabigol’s time at the San Siro, as quoted by The Mirror:
“Inter bought him for €35 million. I didn’t know much about him, but they told me he was a fantastic player. He thought he could do everything while standing still, playing indoor football. They called him Gabigol, but we called him ‘Gabi-no-gol.’ He joined us with two personal social media editors and a bodyguard but didn’t do anything.”
Barbosa clearly has a reputation in the game of being somewhat lazy. It depends which player turns up. The one who struggled at Inter or the one who hasn’t stopped scoring for Flamengo.
We think this one would be just too risky. Especially for the reported £40 million fee.