West Ham may well have a very good chance of signing Gabriel Barbosa from Flamengo in the January window.
Hammers boss David Moyes desperately needs to bring in a top-class centre-forward this month.
If the Scot fails to do so, we can kiss goodbye our hopes of finishing inside the Champions League places, or even the top six, this season.
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Michail Antonio has been run into the ground this season. The 31-year-old is in desperate need of more competition and cover in order to help get the best out of him.
If the money is there, then there is no excuse not to sign a proven goalscorer between now and the end of the January transfer window.
And it seems as though the Hammers could be well placed to sign the Brazilian hitman.
West Ham in strong position to sign Barbosa in January
Gabigol is clearly available this month, as long as Flamengo’s demands are met of course.
And judging by his agent’s comments, the Hammers should have every chance of signing him.
Barbosa’s representative Junior Pedroso told Globo Esporte how his client’s dream is to play in the Premier League:
“When you think about a Premier League, which is what has been knocking on our door a lot, it’s almost a dream for a player of his level to be playing at this level of the league for an entire season. So, for sure this is a wish, it was never hidden from Flamengo that at some point it was inevitable for Gabriel to return to Europe. This is very clear, but we will not return to Europe at any cost. It has to be a very good project to convince Gabriel to come back. It doesn’t make sense to him [otherwise]. He’s in his environment, in one of the biggest clubs in the world and the fans are in awe of him. There’s a wonderful image built here in Brazil. For sure if he leaves, it will affect a lot. He has to go to a wonderful project, much bigger than he has today.”
Now, there may well be strong competition for his signature. And some may say that the 25-year-old isn’t actually a David Moyes type striker.
But someone who has a career record of 129 goals in 263 games (Transfermarkt) is surely worth taking a punt on.
All that matters though is whether Moyes thinks Barbosa is worth a risk or not. The good news is that following his agent’s comments, it seems as though if West Ham do make a move and are ready to meet Flamengo’s asking price, the deal shouldn’t be complicated to get over the line.