West Ham United insider ExWHUemployee has stated that there is ‘definitely interest’ in signing Basel forward Arthur Cabral.
With the January transfer market now open, it is only natural that a number of players and clubs are put through the rumour mill.
Talking about a host of players to be linked with the Hammers, while co-hosting The West Ham Way podcast, Ex revealed that David Moyes and co may make a move for Cabral – who has scored 27 times in all competitions for his club so far this season.
However, the presenter did claim that a loan deal would be preferred initially, with potentially a view to signing him permanently at a later stage.
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Ex explained: “Another Brazilian we have been linked with is someone called Arthur Cabral and he plays for Basel in Switzerland. He’s got a very good goals-to-game ratio as well.
“He’s looking very good out there. However, this is the same club that [Albian] Ajeti did the same at, and obviously, he didn’t work out at West Ham. And there’s concerns whether this would be the case now.
“He does look a bit more of a finished product than Ajeti was – he’s older, he’s played in more leagues than Ajeti had. But again, he hasn’t really played the top flight anywhere.
“So West Ham would be preferring a loan move for him, with potential to sign him at the end of the season. I’m not sure his club will entertain that.”
He then concluded: “But there is definitely interest.”
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In 2019, Albian Ajeti joined West Ham from Swiss side Basel for a reported fee of £8m. He had impressed the season before, scoring 15 goals in 35 games, but struggled in England.
Even though Cabral seems to be talented enough and has a bit more experience than Ajeti (as mentioned by Ex), the east London outfit will understandably not be keen to repeat such a mistake.
Still, having been directly involved in 35 goals in 31 games this season, a move for the 23-year-old striker may be too good an opportunity to pass up.