West Ham have reportedly approached Flamengo over a potential 18-month loan signing of striker Gabriel Barbosa, a.k.a Gabigol.

According to Fabrizio Romano, the potential transfer is not at an advanced stage as the Brazilian club are unwilling to let him leave on a temporary basis.

The Hammers are looking to sign a striker in the January window after not signing one last summer.

There’s still nothing advanced for Gabigol to Premier League. Been told West Ham approached Flamengo days ago to ask for 18-month loan but Flamengo are not accepting this kind of deal. #WHUFC

There’s nothing else atm – and no way for Flamengo to accept a straight loan.

Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 3, 2022

Via his personal Twitter account, the Sky Sports Italy journalist wrote, “There’s still nothing advanced for Gabigol to Premier League. Been told West Ham approached Flamengo days ago to ask for 18-month loan but Flamengo are not accepting this kind of deal.

“There’s nothing else at the moment – and no way for Flamengo to accept a straight loan.”

Sign him up

The Hammers are still to replace Sebastien Haller, who now is killing it at Ajax, scoring Champions League and domestic goals for fun.

While we’re not suggesting that the club would benefit from him leading the line, it’s time they get serious about replacing him.

Michail Antonio is decent but he is on the wrong side of 30 and is terribly injury prone.

Barbosa is younger, a full Brazil international and is capable of finding the back of the net.

His versatility could see David Moyes play him in the same team as Antonio which could be considered given how Said Benrahma is set to miss games due to the AFCON.

Hopefully, they chalk up the funds Flamengo want and try to get this deal over the line as soon as possible.

In other West Ham news, ExWHUemployee has issued a ‘Long-term’ Hammers transfer update amid a recent injury development

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