West Ham Have Fears Inter Milan Forward Could Be Denied Work Permit as Bilic Intensifies Search

?Premier League club West Ham United are keen to make a move for Inter Milan youngster Gabriel Barbosa – but they have fears that the FA will deny them the transfer.

West Ham are desperate for a striker this summer and they are attempting to bring Barbosa to London on a year-long loan. However, according to the ?Mirror, the Hammers have fears that Barbosa will be denied a work permit by the Premier League’s Exceptions panel.

The 20-year-old signed for Inter Milan just one year ago from Santos for a fee of around £26m, but since his arrival in Italy, he has made just ten appearances for the club – nine of those coming from the bench. 

He has also featured three times for Brazil when he helped his country to Olympic glory in 2016.

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However, due to the lack of game time Barbosa has received in the last 12 months, it is understood that he will not match the criteria needed to be accepted for a work permit to play football in England.

West Ham United boss Slaven Bilic is willing to dispute the work permit as his frustration grows at being denied a transfer for one of the most promising young players in European football.

If the London club do fail to sign Barbosa from Inter, they do still have a strong interest in Barcelona winger Munir El Haddadi, West Brom’s Nacer Chadli and also Stoke City’s Marko Arnautovic.


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