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West Ham United: Journalist makes Arthur Cabral meeting claim

West Ham United: Journalist makes Arthur Cabral meeting claim -West Ham Transfer Rumours

Taking to Twitter, Goal Brasil journalist Thiago Fernandes – collaborating with fellow reporter Marcelo Hazan – has lifted the lid on a West Ham ‘meeting’ to sign FC Basel striker Arthur Cabral.

The Lowdown: West Ham weigh up January striker move…

Nearly a year since David Moyes began his search for a backup centre-forward to Michail Antonio, coming after club-record signing Sebastian Haller left for Ajax, the Irons are still very much on the look out.

There have been links to many forwards over these last few months alone, with the Evening Standard recently reporting that the striker position is still top of Moyes’ to-do list ahead of January.

Amid the increased number of games which comes with fighting on more fronts, it is arguably even more imperative that West Ham strengthen in the winter market.

As such, news has now emerged from South America that the club are seemingly eyeing a new centre-forward target.

The Latest: West Ham hold Cabral ‘meeting’…

Taking to social media in sharing his piece with Hazan for Goal, Fernandes has lifted the lid on a ‘meeting’ from representatives of the Hammers to sign Basel striker Cabral.

According to his information, West Ham ‘authorised intermediaries’ to negotiate his signing in January. He explained:

“West Ham looks for Arthur Cabral’s exhaustion and enters into dispute with Barcelona. Club authorized intermediaries to negotiate the hiring of the Basel striker in the ball market. There was a meeting this Friday.”

The Verdict: Exciting claim…

The 23-year-old has been in red-hot form for his club this season, racking up an incredible 24 goals and eight assists over 25 games in all competitions for the Swiss giants (Transfermarkt).

These prolific performances even earned him his first call-up to the Brazil squad in October after he turned former Middlesbrough star Juninho’s head with his displays (TEAMtalk).

In a further boost for West Ham, it is believed that Basel have set as asking price of around €15m (£12.7m) for interested parties to sign him in the winter window, which seems a more than affordable fee.

Given his age, proficiency and current form, this looks like an absolute bargain, especially as the player himself is also reportedly willing to leave St Jakob-Park in January.

Taking this into account, West Ham and their new head of recruitment Rob Newman may have just approached an ideal new target as backup to Antonio.

In other news: ‘Wow’, ‘Tears’, ‘Siuuuu’ – Many West Ham fans erupt as ‘massive news’ comes to light, find out more here.

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