West Ham United will need to stump up the cash necessary to complete a permanent switch if they want to welcome Gabriel Barbosa to the London Stadium, according to transfer insider Dean Jones.
What’s the latest news involving Barbosa?
Sky Sports have revealed that West Ham have held talks to sign Barbosa from Brazilian outfit Flamengo.
The report suggests the Hammers are one of four Premier League clubs to be targeting the striker but Barbosa is keen on a move to the London Stadium after being impressed with the job Moyes is doing.
The 25-year-old, who is nicknamed Gabigol, is prolific in front of goal and has scored 129 goals in 264 club appearances during his career.
But, according to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, West Ham have failed with the offer of an 18-month loan deal as Flamengo are not interested in accepting a temporary switch.
What has Dean Jones said about Barbosa?
Jones has claimed that West Ham will only succeed in their pursuit of Barbosa if they offer a permanent switch to the Premier League.
The transfer insider believes a loan move is out of the question after Newcastle United had also tried their luck.
Jones told GIVEMESPORT: “If West Ham want to get involved in the discussion, it will need to be a permanent transfer.
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“When Newcastle checked out whether a loan deal was possible, that wasn’t the case.”
How did Barbosa perform in 2021?
With Flamengo’s domestic campaign coming to an end in October, Barbosa is currently preparing for a fresh season in Brazil.
But he was in fine form in 2021, scoring 29 goals and grabbing a further nine assists in 43 outings for his current employers.
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