West Ham are preparing an official bid for FC Basel forward Arthur Cabral, who is valued at around €15 million.

According to a recent report from Goal Brazil, West Ham are ready to step up their pursuit of Arthur Cabral. The Premier League club have been linked with a move for the FC Basel forward for a long time now, and they are now set to table a formal offer in an attempt to snap him up in the January transfer window.

Basel are open to offloading Cabral this month, but they are holding out for a fee of around €15 million. The player himself is demanding a €2.5 million salary per season. His agents are already negotiating personal terms with the English club and are keen on facilitating a move to the Premier League.

Formerly of Palmeiras, Cabral has been a major success at Basel since joining the club in 2019. He initially arrived in Switzerland on a season-long loan deal, but his move was made permanent after he scored 14 goals in his debut season.

Almost two and a half years into his spell at Basel, the Brazilian has now netted 65 goals in just 100 competitive appearances for the club. He has also bagged 17 assists, impressing onlookers with his productivity and all-round game in the final third.

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Arthur’s exploits have not gone unnoticed, with West Ham prepared to sign the 23-year-old in January. He has likely been identified as a potential alternative for Michail Antonio as David Moyes looks to shore up his attacking options for the second half of the campaign. The Hammers have been linked with a move for a variety of other talents as well, including Gabriel Barbosa.

Commonly referred to as “Gabigol”, West Ham are reportedly in talks with the Brazilian regarding a potential move in January. But one could argue that Cabral would be a better addition to the team, as the 23-year-old has a proven track record in Europe.

However, the Hammers won’t have it easy in the pursuit of the Basel forward, as they face stiff competition from league rivals Arsenal. The Gunners are also in the market for a new forward in January, with Cabral fitting the bill due to his success at Basel, coupled with the relatively low price tag that could make him a smart investment for either of these two London giants.

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