West Ham United have reportedly agreed a deal with Martin Braithwaite…
That’s according to Spanish outlet Sport, who claim the Barcelona striker has ‘a preliminary agreement’ with the Irons over a potential switch to the London Stadium this month, though it’s suggested that he’s holding out for local rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
The 56-cap Denmark international has only received a firm offer from David Moyes’ side, whilst he’s a very expendable option for the La Liga giants, especially in their bid to reduce their financial problems.
It’s thought that Barcelona would like to shift him on sooner rather than later but it remains to be seen exactly how much for. CIES Football Observatory currently value him at €20m (£18m), whilst he’s reportedly earning £105k-per-week at the Nou Camp.
The fact that the Hammers are said to already have an agreement with Braithwaite is a major cause for concern.
Of course, it’s no secret that West Ham are absolutely desperate to sign a new striker before the end of the month as they cannot simply rely on the services of just Michail Antonio when they are soon to be competing in the Europa League.
But the 30-year-old flop is far from the answer. It would be a pretty reckless and disastrous move from Moyes and co, if these reports are to be believed.
In 53 appearances for Barcelona, Braithwaite has only found the net eight times, which is pretty disappointing when you had the likes of Lionel Messi, Pedri, Jordi Alba and many more providing you with creativity.
Furthermore, his last stint in England failed to garner much success and it actually ended on quite the sour note.
Eight goals in 36 Championship matches is hardly outstanding, especially when you consider that one of the Irons’ former mooted targets Adam Armstrong bagged 28 goals in just one season, earning a move to league rivals Southampton this week.
Braithwaite kicked up a fuss to try and force an exit during his time at Middlesbrough under Tony Pulis and the Welshman lambasted his actions to the press back in March 2019. He said, via GazzetteLive:
“The biggest disappointment for me is he’s the highest-paid player I’ve ever worked with in the Championship,” before adding: “To show the disrespect he’s shown to this club by saying he’s not coming back, to Steve Gibson, who’s made him a multi-millionaire, let’s make no bones about it, the wages and what he’s earning are astonishing. I’ve dealt with players all my life, some can make your hair curl – not mine. But for him to come out and say that, it just puts him up there as such an ungrateful person.”
There are just too many red flags to warrant or justify the Hammers’ interest in Braithwaite, so Moyes must be risking an absolute transfer nightmare if he has truly agreed on terms with the Barcelona dud.
The Scotsman must turn his attention elsewhere before it’s too late. Braithwaite would be one desperate mistake in East London.
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