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Gabigol Transfer As Inter Milan Await Bid

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West Ham are set to launch a £17m bid for Inter Milan forward Gabriel Barbosa, according to reports in Italy.

Barbosa, 23, left Brazilian outfit Santos to join Inter for £25m back in 2016.

But he has only managed to rack up nine appearances for the club, spending the majority of his time out on loan with Benfica and back at Santos.

The Brazil international has been loaned out to Flamengo in 2019, where he has scored an impressive 43 goals in 59 appearances so far.

And according to Sky Italia , West Ham are ready to make an offer for Barbosa.

They will face competition from Flamengo, nevertheless, who claim to have a deal in place to sign him on a permanent basis.

Yet Inter insist that is not the case and they will instead be offloading Barbosa to the highest bidder.

‘Gabigol’ lined up against Liverpool in the Club World Cup final last month, which saw Jurgen Klopp ’s side pick up a 1-0 win over Flamengo in extra-time.

And he has hinted at a potential move to Anfield, gushing over the possibility of playing alongside compatriot Roberto Firmino in England.

“Firmino is great, I really admire him. He’s been successful for many years in Europe,” he said.

“He is a powerful forward and he has been great for Brazil. He is an inspiration that I look up to.

“It would be a pleasure to play with him. Maybe we could team up for Brazil in the future and Liverpool is a team that everyone wants to play for.”

According to Italian journalist Nicolo Schira, Inter are demanding €22m [£19m] for Barbosa in the January transfer window.

He posted on Twitter: “#WestHam are in race with #Flamengo to buy #Gabigol from #Inter, that ask €22M at least to sell the brazilian striker. #transfers #WHUFC”.

West Ham hardly resembled a team in need of attacking reinforcements on New Year’s Day, putting four past Bournemouth in David Moyes’ first game back in charge.

Moyes, who has returned to the London Stadium following the sacking of Manuel Pellegrini, was keen to ensure his players received all the credit.

“I don’t think we could've had a better start,” he said.

“I’d love to take all the credit, however I think the players have to do that.

“We’ve had a day and a bit with them, however their attitude, commitment and I felt like if we could give the supporters back something and get the crowd behind them, they did.”

Next up for Moyes and co is a trip to Gillingham in the third round of the FA Cup on Sunday.

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