West Ham wants to sign Martin Braithwaite
West Ham United are reportedly interested in Martin Braithwaite and are reportedly planning to land the Danish striker from Barcelona this summer.
According to a report from the Spanish media SPORT, West Ham United are among the Premier League clubs looking to sign Martin Braithwaite in the summer transfer window. The Danish forward knows he could leave Barcelona, with the London giants vying for his signing with Wolverhampton Wanderers and Brighton & Hove Albion.
Martin Braithwaite joined Barcelona from Leganes in February 2020 as an emergency signing. Since then, the Denmark international has been a save option in the first-team setup at Camp Nou, playing second fiddle to Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann.
To date, the 30-year-old striker has made 53 appearances for Barcelona, managing a comeback of just eight goals and four assists along the way. And this summer, his stint with the Blaugrana could come to an end, as Barcelona look to downsize the squad and balance their books in the process. Among the clubs following Braithwaite are West Ham United.
The East London outfit is said to be looking for offensive reinforcement this summer. In particular, a striker is in urgent need of the hour for West Ham, who have yet to sign a replacement for Sebastien Haller following his move to Ajax in the January transfer window.
The move left David Moyes with versatile Michail Antonio as the only recognized striker available to him, which is why the Hammers are now dipping their toes into the transfer market for a striker. To that end, West Ham has been linked with a number of attackers in recent times, including Giovanni Simeone.
Several La Liga forwards are also on the London giants’ radar, including Youssef En-Nesyri and Maxi Gomez, with Braithwaite now also a target. And the Dane is also aware that his time at Barcelona could be up, and for good reason.
With Barcelona signing Memphis Depay and Sergio Aguero, Braithwaite’s need has been lessened. His departure would also lighten the payroll at Camp Nou. Meanwhile, apart from West Ham, other Premier League clubs Wolverhampton Wanderers and Brighton & Hove Albion are also keen to sign the 30-year-old.
It now remains to be seen whether West Ham United can beat the competition to keep Braithwaite away from Camp Nou. What seems certain, however, is that the Denmark international is set to leave Barcelona this summer.