West Ham United have reportedly taken the first move towards signing Gabriel Barbosa from Inter Milan during the winter transfer window.
The 22-year-old has revived his career at former club Santos where he has netted 25 goals in 49 appearances since rejoining on loan from the Nerazzurri in January.
Owing to this, he has already attracted interest from the likes of Everton and Crystal Palace but according to Sport Mediaset, the Hammers have moved ahead in the race after making first contact with the Nerazzurri.
Barbosa has struggled during his time in Europe with both Inter and Benfica and he managed just 156 minutes of first-team football with the latter during a loan move during the first half of the previous season.
Despite this, he has regularly expressed his intention to succeed with one of Europe’s elite and the January transfer window could offer him the chance to take up a fresh challenge elsewhere.