West Ham are heading the race to sign Inter Milan hitman Gabriel Barbosa, according to a report in Brazil.
Esporte Interativo report that the Hammers are now leading the way to sign the striker after Flamengo’s offer for the forward proved too low.
Barbosa or Gabigol as he is known is on loan with the Club World Cup finalists from Inter Milan and he had a season to remember, smashing 43 goals in 58 appearances.
Inter reportedly turned down a €16m offer from the Brazilian side, who also proposed Inter having a 20 percent stake of any future sale of the player.
Per the source, Flamengo’s offer was too low and Inter are now negotiating with West Ham, who are set to offer €20m for the 23-year-old. Gabigol, who is under contract in Milan until 2022.
Barbosa, who last month revealed to the Daily Mail how he is a big fan of Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino, is also believed to be interesting Chelsea and Crystal Palace.
“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.”
Newcastle have also been scouting the forward, who has been labelled a flop by the Italian media after scoring just once in Serie A in the 2016/17 season, following a €29.5million move from Santos.
He has since been loaned out to Benfica, his old club Santos and Flamengo but he is due to return to the San Siro in January.
West Ham new boss David Moyes is looking for more firepower, despite the club spending, what could be £45m, on Sebastien Haller, who has netted just six times this season.