Gabriel Barbosa’s loan deal will Flamengo will expire at the end of this month and his parent club, Inter Milan, are planning to offload him in January.

On November 27th, we covered claims from Italy about West Ham United and Crystal Palace interest in the forward and it was suggested the Hammers are ‘further behind’ the Eagles in the transfer race.

Flamengo are also interested in keeping the 23-year-old and their president Rodolfo Landim has confirmed his side ‘already have a preliminary agreement’ with the Serie A club for the Brazil international.

FcInterNews further explains Flamengo and Inter had an agreement of €22m for Gabigol and the former even prepared a five-year deal worth €5m per season. Despite their desire to sign the player, his intention is to return to Europe.

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Palace, Schalke and Real Valladolid have been courting him, but in the last few days, West Ham have moved more into the picture.

It’s claimed Manuel Pellegrini is thinking of the Inter owned player to bolster his side’s attack. ‘London calling for Gabigol’ is worrying Flamengo.

‘The sirens of West Ham’ are a reason for Gabigol’s hesitation to say yes to Flamengo and this has delighted Inter, who are hoping there would be an auction for the attacker.