By Daniel Feliciano

13th Jan, 2022 | 8:10pm

'He wants' - Dharmesh Sheth shares Gabigol transfer wishes amid West Ham interest

Flamengo striker Gabriel Barbosa ‘wants to take’ the opportunity of moving to England with West Ham this winter, according to Sky Sports journalist Dharmesh Sheth.

David Moyes’ side has been linked with a move for the Flamengo striker nicknamed ‘Gabigol’ this month, with reports of an 18-month loan deal on offer with an option to buy at the end of it.

So far talks haven’t progressed, with the transfer offer ‘still on the table’ [Dharmesh Sheth] and the Brazilian side not interested in a loan deal for the 25-year-old [Fabrizio Romano].

Sheth was speaking on The Transfer Show live on Sky Sports when he provided the latest update on the Hammers pursuit of ‘Gabigol’, where he shared that the striker would like to move to England.

“He still feels completely loved at Flamengo and by the fans,” he said. “He reciprocates that love and respects them fully, but he feels that if an agreement can be reached with a team in England, he wants to take that opportunity.

“He would only go with Flamengo’s blessing. Gabriel Barbosa’s motivation for going to England is wanting to play for Brazil at the World Cup. 

“Brazil have just named their squad for the forthcoming qualifiers at the beginning of next month and end of this month against Ecuador and Paraguay and Gabigol is in that squad.

“The make-up of that squad highlights why he wants to move to England as 11 of the 26-man squad play in the Premier League. He feels it would be a good spotlight for him to showcase his talents but it does represent a gamble on his part.”

Needed

If there is one thing this West Ham squad is desperate for, it’s a new striker.

Michail Antonio has been the main man for a couple of years now, but his goals have dried up recently and as the only striker in the squad that could be a problem for the Hammers.

‘Gabigol’ would come with a huge point to prove as he wants to get into the Brazil squad for the upcoming World Cup in Qatar, and has similar physical capabilities to Antonio which would suit the Premier League.

More importantly though it would fit the style of West Ham and Moyes and they would hope he could hit the ground running.

With the deal they’ve offered, there would be minimal risk involved as the loan isn’t that long while it would also allow the option to sign him permanently if it worked well.

There is still a way to go in this saga, but West Ham should do all they can to get it done.

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