Gabriel Barbosa: West Ham hold talks over signing Flamengo striker nicknamed ‘Gabigol’ | Football News

West Ham discussed the signing of Flamengo striker Gabriel Barbosa with the Brazilian, nicknamed ‘Gabigol’, who is eager to move to England.

Barbosa is one of many strikers West Ham are looking at in the January transfer window, although the 25-year-old is of interest to three other Premier League clubs.

‘Gabigol’ has scored 104 goals in 147 games for Brazilian side Flamengo but wants to play in the Premier League because he believes it would give him the best chance of solidifying his place as Brazil’s starting forward at this year’s World Cup in Qatar. He has won 17 international caps to date, scoring five times.

The former Inter Milan striker watches all West Ham games and is said to be impressed with the work David Moyes is doing.

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The Hammers are pushing for Champions League qualification with Moyes’ side fifth in the league, one point behind the top four, as they look forward to the Europa League round of 16 in March.

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How did Rice level up at West Ham?

From scanning and carrying the ball to tackling and interceptions, as West Ham and England’s Declan Rice have grown into a complete Premier League midfielder.

West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice celebrates after New Year's Eve victory over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park
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West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice celebrates after New Year’s Eve victory over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park

Manuel Lanzini’s finish at Crystal Palace was special, but Declan Rice’s role in West Ham’s second goal requires further investigation. His clever scanning helps explain why he has become one of the Premier League’s most accomplished midfielders.

When the ball was played on Jarrod Bowen’s feet, Rice’s first glance was behind him. There was a second glance ahead to check which space he had to run into. As Bowen passed him, he followed a third glance forward before he had even received the ball.

Once Rice had possession and was running straight to the palace door, his head was not down. Even then, especially then, it was scanning. There were three more looks at Lanzini, building an image as the attack developed before finally playing the pass.

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