By Nick Ware

27th Nov, 2021 | 2:10pm

West Ham held Friday talks with agents of Basel striker Arthur Cabral

West Ham held talks with representatives of Basel striker Arthur Cabral on Friday, according to online news outlet Goal.

Cabral, 23, wants to leave the Swiss side to pursue a move to a more established league in January and the Brazilian’s release clause is set at £17million, though £12.7million will be enough to secure his signature.

Goal claim representatives from West Ham and Cabral’s camp held a remote meeting on Friday afternoon [26/11/21], with agents Paulo Pitombeira and Luiz Portela speaking to the Irons about what is needed to seal the deal for the 6ft 1in forward.

Names aplenty

The list of striker targets is stacking up as the Irons aim to boost their forward line in January.

Too much pressure has been placed on the shoulders of 31-year-old centre-forward Michail Antonio, and while David Moyes’ side have lucked out on injuries recently, they know that they cannot rely on that sort of fortune for the entire season.

What must be ascertained now is the profile of striker that they are looking to sign.

Antonio is a powerful and pacy attacker who can trouble the opposition defence all on his own, so Moyes is surely looking for someone who can replicate his style of play and ensure the Irons keep a coherent approach to all of their games, even when Antonio is absent.

Cabral certainly has goals in his armoury, with 24 in just 25 appearances for Basel this season, form that saw him earn a first international call-up to the Brazil national team last month.

Moyes must now weigh up whether he should launch a formal bid for the South American who has only played in the domestic leagues of Brazil and Switzerland.

In other West Ham news, a European club has demanded compensation after this major Irons development.

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