According to Mundo Deportivo, West Bromwich Albion failed in a late bid to sign Martin Braithwaite on loan from Barcelona with an option to buy.
Baggies wanted Braithwaite
The Baggies were busy at the end of the transfer window, bringing in Ainsley Maitland-Niles on loan from Arsenal and signing Okay Yokuslu from Celta Vigo.
It appears they were looking for another striker, though. This report says they made a loan offer to sign Braithwaite from Barca, with a €15m (£13.2m) purchase option included in the approach. The 29-year-old, though, did not want to make the move to the Midlands.
It is not hard to understand why Braithwaite was against leaving the Camp Nou. Barcelona are one of the biggest clubs on the planet and are currently playing Champions League football – West Brom, meanwhile, are battling to stay in the Premier League and can only dream of competing in Europe’s premier club competition.
Would you liked to have sign Braithwaite?
Braithwaite is a back-up at Barca – he has started just nine La Liga matches this campaign (Transfermarkt) – so it makes sense for Sam Allardyce and co to try their luck. With 92 career goals to his name, the Denmark international’s record is solid if unspectacular – we will never know whether he would have been an asset to the Baggies.
In other news, West Brom failed to sign this 55-time international.
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