Former Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell believes West Ham would be making a smart decision if they do secure the services of FC Basel forward Arthur Cabral during the January transfer window.
The player has been linked with a €15m (£12.8m) switch to the London Stadium in the Brazilian press recently and Campbell thinks snapping up the 23-year-old could take some of the weight off Michail Antonio:
“They’ll have to be clever with [Michail] Antonio, and Cabral could be that answer. [Antonio] is so physical, so all-action, strong, aggressive, and quick. But if he gets injured, they are seriously going to miss him. Getting someone else in who can take the strain off Antonio if you wanted to rest or rotate him at times, oh my, that would be a really shrewd move for David Moyes in January.”
Cabral has been in outstanding form for Basel so far this campaign, having scored 27 goals in only 28 appearances, but some supporters are concerned that he may turn out to be another Albian Ajeti.
The Swiss international was also signed from Basel for £8m in 2019, but he played just 12 games for the Hammers, scoring no goals, before he was shipped out to Celtic just a year later.
However, Cabral does also have a decent record in European competitions, having scored 17 times in 26 Europa League and Europa Conference League matches over the past couple of seasons. We shall see if West Ham do make a move for the striker next month.