Gabigol blocks West Ham talks

Gabriel ‘Gabigol’ Barbosa reportedly told his agent to stop talks with West Ham United, as he wants to earn his place at Inter.

The forward’s loan spell at Santos has now expired and he’ll be in Italy from January 7 for training.

He has been heavily linked with a transfer to England for West Ham, but FCInterNews.it claim Gabigol suddenly hit the brakes.

The 22-year-old would prefer to remain at Inter and wants to talk with Coach Luciano Spalletti first.

Joao Mario had been in a similar position when returning from a loan with West Ham, but after weeks of being ignored, managed to find his way back into the squad and started several big games.

Gabriel Barbosa hopes he can follow the same path and convince Spalletti of his abilities.

Inter paid €29.5m to sign Gabigol from Santos in the summer of 2016, but he didn’t make a single Serie A start.

A loan spell at Benfica was also cut short and he rediscovered confidence and form at Santos.

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