West Ham United have reignited their interest in Inter Milan forward Gabriel Barbosa, according to FCInterNews.
The Italian outlet claim that the Hammers are ready to take action after the Brazilian has starred on loan at Flamengo, scoring 22 goals in 25 games.
FCInterNews report on their website that Milan have raised their asking price to at least £22.2million, and that West Ham would face no problems in coughing up that figure.
Barbosa has struggled to make much of an impact at the San Siro since arriving in 2016 and is currently in the middle of his third loan spell away from the club.
With Sebastien Haller having started his spell at West Ham in great form, and Albian Ajeti sitting on the bench ready to come and make an impact, it would seem unlikely that Manuel Pellegrini would want to go out and spend over £20million on another forward that isn’t likely to start games ahead of their club-record signing. Haller has taken to life quickly, scoring three goals and using his physical presence to terrorise opposition defences. If the Hammers were to make a move, they would definitely be the frontrunners given that the report claims that Flamengo wouldn’t be able to match Inter’s demands for the forward. His failures in Europe previously would definitely prove that the Hammers should steer well clear of the 23-year-old Brazilian who hasn’t delivered outside of his home nation yet in his career. Barbosa has only actually scored twice outside of South America, once for Inter, and once for Benfica, and that isn’t exactly the sort of form that screams he would be a good purchase for the Hammers, who must steer clear.