West Ham United have been given a huge boost in their hopes of landing striker Gabriel Barbosa.
The Hammers have been linked with a move for the Brazilian forward since January.
West Ham were said to be in a two-way battle for the 23-year-old with Flamengo, where he spent last season on loan from Inter Milan.
Flamengo are desperate to make a permanent move for ‘Gabigol’.
West Ham receive major Barbosa boost
And it is no wonder after he bagged an astonishing 43 goals in 59 games for them on the way to a Brazilian league and cup double as well as making the final of the FIFA Club World Cup.
West Ham were said to be leading the chase with the Brazilian club struggling to match the Premier League side’s finances.
A new threat emerged last week when Chelsea – fresh from having their transfer embargo lifted – were linked with Barbosa.
West Ham have received a boost this week, though, after Goal.com reported Frank Lampard has dropped his interest in the striker.
That would leave David Moyes in pole position with talks said to be continuing between West Ham and Inter (Daily Mail).
Hammers in pole position but must act fast as Flamengo cash influx looms?
But the Hammers will need to act fast. That’s because Flamengo could be set for a £25million windfall from the sale of Reinier Jesus to Real Madrid (Marca).
Marca says Zinedine Zidane’s side have been consistently linked with a move for the Brazilian forward. And the Spanish outlet reports that the 17-year old will sign for the La Liga giants on January 18th.
Real Madrid have reportedly delayed the confirmation of the move as they want to wait until the striker turns 18 on that date in order to comply with FIFA regulations on the signing of underage players.
With £25million in their pockets, Flamengo would suddenly have the cash to compete with West Ham financially.
Big 10 days for Moyes
So West Ham face a race against time to get a deal for Barbosa over the line. Ten days to be precise.
A striker partnership of Barbosa and Sebastien Haller would transform West Ham.
Currently the East Londoners are overly reliant on their record signing, who has struggled as a lone striker.
It looks like being a big couple of weeks for Moyes in the January window.