West Ham are putting together an offer to sign Gabriel Barbosa from Flamengo, according to Sky Sports journalist Dharmesh Seth.
The Hammers have been heavily linked with a move for Barbosa aka Gabigol, with Spanish outlet Sport even reporting they have tabled a £5million loan bid.
However, it seems, such reports are wide of the mark. Seth claims that West Ham are preparing an 18-month loan deal with a £25m million (€30m) option to buy.
The player is determined to move to England, but David Moyes will have the final say on the transfer.
“Talks are ongoing with West Ham over Gabriel Barbosa. The proposal West Ham want to put together is an 18-month loan deal with a €30m option to buy,” Seth said on Sky Sports (transfer blog 5 January: 17:24).
“Once that is finalised at the West Ham end, they’ll go to Flamengo with a concrete offer. But before they do that, it will all depend on one man – David Moyes. He’ll have the final say on whether they go in for him or not.
“The player is determined to make a move to England, and sees a return to European football as some unfinished business. He didn’t get the opportunities he wanted at Inter Milan, and started scoring for fun once he moved to Flamengo. He wants to prove himself in England.”
The loan to buy obligation deal could tempt Flamego into
selling their prized asset in January.
It is also Gabigol’s best chance to secure a move to the
West Ham desperately need to sign a striker this month, with the club being short of option in that department.
Michail Antonio has been the lone striker at the club and he has gone through a barren spell recently. David Moyes needs firepower upfront to keep their top-four hopes alive.
Barbosa spent most of his playing career in Brazil. His only
exposure to European football has been to Inter Milan where he didn’t get
He has managed 182 career goals, and at 25, his best playing
years are ahead of him.
His lack of experience outside Brazil could be a sticking point but given the form he is in – 33 goals last season – he’s worth the gamble.
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