According to Sport, Barcelona forward Martin Braithwaite has a ‘preliminary agreement’ to join West Ham this summer – but there’s one issue holding up the move.
The Lowdown: Braithwaite on the way out…
The La Liga giants are in a financial crisis and have just had to let superstar Lionel Messi leave the club due to issues registering his porposed new deal.
Barcelona have been desperately trying to offload players in an attempt to reduce their large wage bill and Braithwaite is seen as one man who is surplus-to-requirements at the Camp Nou.
West Ham have been heavily linked with Braithwaite for some time and Sport now bring an update on his situation.
The Latest: Braithwaite has ‘preliminary agreement’ with West Ham…
The Spanish news source believes that the striker has a ‘preliminary agreement’ with West Ham and the operation for his transfer from Barcelona has ‘already’ been on track.
However, Braithwaite himself may have something to say about it, with this report claiming he is now eyeing a possible move to Tottenham to replace Harry Kane – even despite a ‘firm offer’ from West Ham.
It is believed that the Dane ‘prefers’ a move to north London over the Hammers and has asked for time to consider his future as a result.
The Verdict: Blessing in disguise?
At 30-years-old, the striker also won’t bring much sell-on value in years to come and we believe West Ham could be about to dodge a bullet if Braithwaite gets his wish and secures a move to Spurs.
West Ham’s search for a striker has been long and arduous but there are arguably better options for David Moyes, namely Liverpool striker Divock Origi, who could become a target towards the end of this window (ExWHUemployee).
He may not be much more prolific, but is far younger with room to develop into the type of player Moyes is looking for.
In other news: Talks on: West Ham transfer twist emerges as GSB eye move for ‘very big’ player, find out more here.
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