Spanish outlet SPORT have claimed both Everton and West Ham United are interested in luring Barcelona striker Martin Braithwaite back to England, just a matter of weeks after his strange move to the Nou Camp.
Braithwaite, 28, joined Barcelona as an emergency option up front in February – after scoring 13 goals in 48 appearances for La Liga side Leganes. It shocked European football, given Barcelona’s ability to defy the transfer windows.
But it also bemused football because it was Braithwaite on his way to Barcelona. The striker has hardly been prolific, with his best rate at a club coming at Toulouse – scoring 40 goals in 149 appearances.
The Denmark international has played in England, scoring just nine times in 40 outings for Middlesbrough. He has since managed three appearances for Barca, failing to find the back of the net, but Everton and West Ham are said to be keen.
TBR’s view – Everton and West Ham got to look elsewhere
His form at the Riverside is proof of that. With Barcelona unwilling to sell Braithwaite unless they receive offers of at least £16million, Everton and West Ham would be signing a striker that scored just eight times in 36 Championship games.
Everton boast Dom Calvert-Lewin up top, who is in stunning form, while West Ham have Sebastian Haller and Michail Antonio in the final third. Both clubs could do with options up top, but Braithwaite is not the answer.