West Ham United have been handed a boost in their bid to bring Martin Braithwaite to the London Stadium this summer.
That’s according to a report by Spanish publication AS (via Sport Witness), who claim that it is a necessity for Barcelona to move the centre-forward on in the summer transfer window, with the club having no need for the 30-year-old following the arrivals of both Sergio Aguero and Memphis Depay.
It is said that the Catalan side are hoping to receive a considerable fee for the Denmark international in order to help balance their books, with Ronald Koeman’s side having to get £161m off of their wage bill before next season.
The report then claims that this is where West Ham come into the picture, with David Moyes’ side thought to have been keeping a close eye on the striker for a number of seasons, and could now have been presented with the perfect opportunity to land Braithwaite this summer.
With West Ham in rather desperate need of additions up top this summer, with Moyes currently having only Michail Antonio as an out and out centre-forward in his squad ahead of next season, the news that a deal for Braithwaite looks very much there to be done is sure to have left the 58-year-old manager buzzing.
Indeed, while the £8.1m-rated man was not in the finest of form for Barcelona last season, scoring two goals, providing two assists and creating three big chances over his 29 LaLiga appearances – only 11 of which came as starts – returns that saw the 30-year-old earn a seasonal SofaScore match rating of 6.61.
The striker demonstrated at Euro 2020 that he could well make a decent addition to the Hammers’ attacking arsenal next season.
These returns saw the man Tony Pulis dubbed an “exceptional” player earn an average SofaScore match rating of 6.92, ranking him as Denmark’s ninth-best performer in the tournament, playing a key role in his country’s highly impressive run to the semi-final.
As such, if a deal can be struck at a reasonable price for the Barcelona man, he would appear to make a very fine addition to David Moyes’ options up front next season, and, following the latest report by AS, it would seem a deal for the 30-year-old is a very real possibility for the Hammers to get over the line this summer.