Report: Martin Braithwaite rules out Russia move; sees West Ham as ideal destination

Barcelona and Denmark forward, Martin Braithwaite, has ruled out a move to Russia this summer and believes West Ham is the ideal destination.

The forward is among a number of players at the Nou Camp who can leave this summer. Barca are desperate to bring in new funds as they try and tackle crippling debt.

Braithwaite was only signed Braithwaite back in 2020, when they paid £15m to bring him in as an ’emergency’ signing.

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However, Sport now claim that Braithwaite will be moved on this summer, with West Ham, Wolves, and Brighton all sniffing.

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Now, the interest from those Premier League sides is not all that new. But the report states Braithwaite sees West Ham as the most attractive proposition out of all the clubs.

Braithwaite was part of the Denmark squad who did so well in Euro 2020, despite his lack of Barcelona goals.

The Hammers, meanwhile, have yet to sign a new striker since allowing Sebastien Haller to leave. Tammy Abraham is seen as a main target, although he is more than double the value of Braithwaite.

Risky and reward

Braithwaite’s goalscoring record is hardly mind-blowing but the Hammers do need another forward. If he’s available on a bargain deal – for example, less than the £15m Barca paid – then he could be worth a punt.

It’s a big summer this for David Moyes really. After doing so well last term, the right recruitment is needed to ensure they keep improving.

In Braithwaite, he’d be getting a player who could well have a point to prove and is in good spirits from a good summer. If he’s cheap, then it could be a risk worth taking.

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