According to a report by Sport, West Ham United have joined the race to sign Denmark and Barcelona forward Martin Braithwaite – with the Hammers, Brighton, Burnley and Norwich City ‘on the prowl’ for his signature.
The Lowdown: Hammers eye striker…
As per Claret & Hugh, one of West Ham’s main transfer priorities for this summer is signing a new forward who can provide striker Michail Antonio with sufficient back up.
The Englishman suffered from a variety of injury issues last season which kept him out of the side, and with a Europa League campaign coming up, manager David Moyes will need more strength in depth going forward.
The Latest: West Ham join Braithwaite race…
As per Spanish news outlet Sport, the Irons are now one of the clubs eyeing Barca forward Braithwaite currently playing at Euro 2020 with Denmark.
Alongside West Ham, Brighton, Burnley and Norwich City are ‘on the prowl’ for him this summer but an unnamed Russian club may hold the advantage.
The La Liga giants have apparently already opened a ‘negotiating channel’ with that side and it could ‘bear fruit’ as long as the player himself is open to moving.
Braithwaite scored two goals and assisted two others in 11 Spanish top flight starts over 20/21 under Ronald Koeman and has been told that he will not feature for Barca next season.
The Verdict: Turn away…
The 53-cap forward, once hailed as ‘exceptional’ by former Middlesborough manager Tony Pulis (Hartlepool Mail), certainly should be bottom of the candidate list when it comes to new strikers for West Ham.
His lack of both goals and game time over the past year certainly doesn’t equate to the Irons’ perfect forward solution, with in-form goalscorers like Adam Armstrong and Ivan Toney surely coming as much better options.
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