West Ham are said to be among the clubs interested in signing Martin Braithwaite this summer…
According to Spanish outlet Sport, the Irons are one of four Premier League teams to have enquired to La Liga giants Barcelona over a potential move for the Denmark striker in this transfer window. Brighton, Burnley and newly-promoted Norwich City are the other teams mentioned by the report.
After the signings of Sergio Aguero and Memphis Depay, it seems likely that the Danish international will leave the Nou Camp and they want to recoup as much as they can of the €18m (£15m) they paid for him back in February 2020.
It’s no secret that West Ham manager David Moyes is keen to bolster his frontline ahead of next season.
The Irons will be competing in the Europa League, which means there’s a serious potential of a 50-plus game season, and right now they aren’t well-equipped to deal with it in terms of squad depth, especially upfront.
Moyes was left with only one senior centre-forward following the departure of Sebastian Haller in January in the form of the injury-prone Michail Antonio, who is yet to start more than 24 Premier League games in a season for the club.
However, Braithwaite is far from the ideal candidate to help the Hammers next season. After all, he has struggled in England before and that wasn’t even in the top flight.
The £26m-rated forward endured a disastrous and controversial spell under Tony Pulis at Middlesbrough in the Championship, where he only bagged nine goals before he expressed his desire to leave the club.
Speaking about the incident at the time, the stern Welshman blasted the Dane’s “disrespect” for the club, claiming that he was “the highest-paid player I’ve ever worked with” and that he was an “ungrateful person,” as per Gazzette Live.
Somehow, Braithwaite has found himself at Barcelona, where he has continued to show that he’s just not good enough in front of goal, even when the likes of Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann are providing him support.
In 29 league appearances for the Catalan giants last season, the 5 foot 10 striker has found the net just twice, taking his career total to 93 in 401 appearances – that’s one goal every 4.3 matches.
He must be avoided at all costs by West Ham.