Moyes can land perfect Gabigol alternative as WHU submit bid for £8.5m ‘quality’ gem
West Ham United have seen a second offer rejected in their bid to bring Valentin Castellanos to the London Stadium during the January transfer window.
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That’s according to a report by Italian outlet TuttoMercatoWeb (via Sport Witness), who claimed that after seeing an initial offer of €8m (£6.7m) for the New York City FC turned down by the Major League Soccer outfit, West Ham then submitted an improved €10m (£8.5m) offer for the 23-year-old.
However, the report adds that this offer was also turned down by the US club, and at present it is unclear whether David Moyes and Rob Newman will make a third offer for the Argentina Under-23 international. .
Perfect alternative to gabigol
Considering how impressive Castellanos was for New York last season, the 23-year-old would seem like a perfect alternative to another of West Ham’s reported attacking targets this month, namely Gabriel ‘Gabigol’ Barbosa.
Indeed, in his 35 MLS appearances last year, the £6.3million-rated striker was in stunning form for Ronny Deila’s side, scoring 22 goals, registering eight assists and creating eight big chances for his teammates, as well as taking 4.1 shots and 1.1 assists per game.
Those returns have seen the £3.5,000-a-week sharpshooter achieve an extraordinary Seasonal Match Rating of 7.28 on SofaScore, ranking him as the 21st best player in MLS in 2021.
Moreover, Pep Guardiola is also clearly a big fan of the Argentine striker, with the Manchester City manager saying of Castellanos: “I think he’s a guy whose next step will be in Europe. What I’ve seen, and when the scouting department talks to me, I think he’s a quality player ready to take the next step. We’ll see where.
As such, while NYCFC appear to be playing hardball regarding the 23-year-old’s future this month, it would appear that a deal for Castellanos will nonetheless be much cheaper to clear than the club’s 18-month loan and € 30m (£25m) call option to offer which is currently on the table for Gabigol.
Moreover, considering the Argentine’s goalscoring record in MLS last season, he might just be just as promising as his Brazilian counterpart in any case.
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