Gabriel Barbosa has been a man within the rumour mill of the transfer market for some time and he continues to be one of Brazil's greatest goalscorers in today's world, and it is perhaps surprising to many to hear he is only 25 years old.
Following a successful period at Santos where he scored 56 goals in 154 appearances before he was in his 20s, Gabriel was regarded as the next best thing coming out of Brazil and heading to Europe. A move to Inter Milan would follow, but with just one Serie A goal and only 10 appearances for them, loan moves to Benfica, Santos, and Flamengo would come.
Just one goal in five appearances came in another pointless move to Benfica, but when he returned to Brazil, the striker netted 27 times with his former club in one season, and then 43 in 59 with Flamengo. This forced the move to be permanent and he has since gone on to score 27 goals in 43 games in 2020, and 33 in 43 in 2021.
He has been on fire since his return to his homeland, and following poor moves to Inter and Benfica, grabbing all this experience back in Brazil could mean it's the perfect time to move back onto football's biggest continent.
West Ham are also on the lookout for more names up top with Michail Antonio approaching his 32nd birthday, while Sebastien Haller moved last year to Ajax, just as Andriy Yarmolenko continues to struggle to get into the side. It would be a tremendous signing for West Ham given what they need, but only time will tell if Gabriel is ready for the European move.
The Gabriel odds are at 3/1 to head to London with the Hammers.