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A Premier League club has made a £17 million bid for Basel striker and Barcelona target Arthur Cabral with Swiss publication 442 believing that West Ham United may be the mystery suitor. 

This would not be the first time West Ham have signed a free-scoring number nine from St Jakob Park. 

But just because Albian Ajeti struggled in claret and blue, failing to score a single goal in 12 games before being farmed out to Celtic, that does not mean Cabral is destined to disappoint at the London Stadium too.

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The Brazil U23 star has scored a remarkable 25 goals in 26 games this season. He’s not just a poacher either.

A tally of eight assists thus far shows that Cabral is as much a creator of chances as he is a taker of them. 

Furthermore, interest from the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Barcelona suggest that Cabral’s ceiling is rather higher than that of Ajeti.

Ajeti, after all, was linked with West Brom rather than a trio of European giants before putting pen to paper with West Ham in the summer of 2018.

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According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Cabral has put contract talks on ice ahead of the January transfer window.

His current deal at Basel is due to expire in 2023. And, if the RotBlau want to sell their star man for a sizeable sum, they may have no choice but to cash in sooner rather than later. 

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Leeds United submitted a bid for the one-time Palmeiras youngster during the summer of 2020 – at Marcelo Bielsa’s request – though it seems that it is another Premier League club who appear to be leading the chase this time around. 

442 believe that West Ham have offered around £17 million – a fee cash-strapped Barcelona are unlikely to match.

Basel won’t stand in Cabral’s way either with the striker expected to become their second-most expensive export behind only Schalke’s Breel Embolo. 

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