According to a report by Spanish media outlet Sport, Barcelona forward Martin Braithwaite prefers a move to either West Ham United or Wolves as he greenlights his summer exit from the Camp Nou.
The Lowdown: West Ham in striker hunt…
The Denmark international is one of many attacking names to be linked with a move to West Ham this summer.
Indeed the likes of Tammy Abraham and Youssef En-Nesyri remain the more long-term targets going by reports, while some new names have entered the fray in Genk striker Paul Onuachu and Ukraine’s Roman Yaremchuk.
Braithwaite has also been mentioned alongside the Hammers this summer, with Sport bringing a rather encouraging update.
The Latest: Braithwaite now open to joining West Ham…
As per the Spanish news source, La Liga giants Barcelona are very eager to sell Braithwaite this summer and make some profit amid their financial struggles.
Indeed, the Catalan powerhouse would be willing to sell the Denmark international for around €15m (£12.8m) with the 30-year-old now personally giving the green light for his summer exit.
He even has clubs in mind from the Premier League, with this report detailing that both West Ham and Wolves appear in his ‘preferential’ order. The Irons have also been eyeing a move ‘in recent hours’, according to Sport.
The Verdict: Right man?
Scoring 93 goals in total across 401 senior career appearances in total (Transfermarkt), his age bracket and measly two league goals over 2020/21 suggest that his best has come and gone.
You could make a case that the Dane’s game-time has been limited at Barca and point towards his solid Euro 2020 campaign – he played six games in total under head coach Kasper Hjulmand at the tournament and netted against Wales during their 4-0 demolition job.
His reasonable £12.8m fee is another reason to genuinely consider him as a possibility this summer, but while this move makes sense financially, it’s hardly a signing which would properly excite West Ham supporters.
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