Report: West Ham ‘likely’ to sign £105k-a-week forward if they do one thing in negotiations
West Ham are reportedly “likely” to sign Barcelona forward Martin Braithwaite if they increase the wages they are currently offering in negotiations.
According to Sport, West Ham are in “advanced discussions” with Spanish giants Barcelona over a deal for the 30-year-old.
The Hammers have reportedly agreed a transfer fee of €15million (£12.8million) for the striker. However, personal terms between the club and player are not yet finalised.
David Moyes’ team are set to bring him to the London Stadium if they agree to increase the salary they are offering him.
Braithwaite is on a £105,000-a-week deal at the Camp Nou, but he is apparently unhappy with West Ham’s current offer. A deal may be close, though.
English audiences know Braithwaite for a spell at Middlesbrough earlier in his career. Also, he’s got 56 caps for Denmark.
He ended up making a surprise move to Barcelona in 2020, scoring seven goals in 42 assists across all competitions last season.
Braithwaite is a decent cheap option for West Ham
Ideally, West Ham should be going out and spending big money on a centre-forward that can push Michail Antonio for a starting position. But, Braithwaite is a steady option if they also invest other areas of the squad.
The Irons need the depth to compete both domestically and in Europe, so it’s a big plus that the Barcelona player can be used as either a winger or a central striker.
He’s not a glamorous name, but should bring some decent experience.
There is optimism after goalkeeper Alphonse Areola’s arrival this week, so perhaps the floodgates are about to open.