An update has emerged on Wolves transfer target Martin Braithwaite regarding a potential move to West Ham.
According to Spanish outlet Sport, the Irons are in advanced talks over a deal to sign the Denmark striker from Barcelona this month.
The report claims that a fee of €15m (£12.8m) has almost been agreed between the two clubs, with personal terms then set to be worked upon once that has been ironed out.
Wolves manager Bruno Lage must avoid a major disaster with Braithwaite by allowing West Ham to complete this deal. The Midlands club should go nowhere near a transfer for the Denmark international as he would not represent a significant upgrade on the squad, while his attitude has been put into question in the past.
He scored two goals in 29 La Liga appearances for Barcelona last season and one goal in 11 league games in 2019/20 for the Spanish giants. This does not suggest that he would arrive at Wolves and be a quality option for them in the Premier League, as he is horrendously out of form and has not shown enough in front of goal to prove that he can score consistently.
In terms of his attitude, former Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis ripped into the player and claimed that he showed disrespect to the Teesside club and its owner during a previous spell in England.
The Welshman said: “The biggest disappointment for me is he’s the highest-paid player I’ve ever worked with in the Championship.
“As a matter of fact, the last club I worked at, which was a Premier League club, he’d be in the top five earners at the club without a question of a doubt. Steve Gibson bent over backwards, backwards, to give that lad everything he wanted to bring him to this club.
“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.”
Wolves should not be signing a player who could be disruptive off the pitch and these comments from Pulis do not suggest that Braithwaite is the type of character Lage will want in his dressing room. Therefore, the club should step aside and watch the Hammers sign the 30-year-old instead, rather than taking the risk on what he could do on and off the pitch.