West Ham United have been dealt a major setback in their bid to bring Gabriel Barbosa to the London Stadium in the January transfer window.
That’s according to Fabrizio Romano, with the journalist confirming in a recent post on Twitter that West Ham have indeed made an approach for the Flamengo centre-forward in the past few days, as has been reported, however, that the Brazilian side rejected the Hammers’ offer of an 18-month loan deal for the 25-year-old.
In his post, Romano said: “There’s still nothing advanced for Gabigol to Premier League. Been told West Ham approached Flamengo days ago to ask for [an] 18-month loan but Flamengo are not accepting this kind of deal. There’s nothing else atm – and no way for Flamengo to accept a straight loan.”
Considering the fact that David Moyes’ West Ham side are in desperate need of attacking reinforcements in the January transfer window if they are to have any hope of securing a top-four finish in the league this season, the news that the club have seen their offer for the forward nicknamed Gabigol rejected by Flamengo is sure to have left the London Stadium faithful fuming.
Indeed, with the 58-year-old Hammers manager currently only having Michail Antonio as an out and out centre-forward in his first-team squad – a player who has a particularly patchy injury history – it is clear for all to see that Moyes’ requires greater depth in the position if West Ham are to keep pace in the Champions League race.
And, when taking into account how impressive Gabigol has been in Brazil in recent seasons, the 25-year-old would very much appear to fit the bill for the East London side.
Indeed, over his 18 Brazilian Serie A appearances last time out, the £23.4m-rated striker scored a whopping 12 goals, registered five assists and created seven big chances for his teammates, as well as taking an average of 3.6 shots and making 1.1 key passes per game.
These returns saw the £49k-per-week man earn an extraordinary seasonal SofaScore match rating of 7.21, ranking him as Flamengo’s fourth-best performer in the top flight of Brazilian football last season.
Aside from his remarkable league form, the former Inter Milan hitman also bagged a further 11 goals, provided four assists and created five big chances over his 13 Copa Libertadores outings, returns which saw the Brazil international average an even more impressive SofaScore match rating of 7.57.
As such, it is clear for all to see that Gabigol would make a fantastic addition to Moyes’ attacking options at the London Stadium, however, following Romano’s latest update, it would appear as if the Hammers will have to significantly improve their offer if they are to get a deal over the line for the 25-year-old this winter.