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West Ham eyeing up move for Barcelona forward

Last Updated on by James King

It has been a frustrating transfer window for West Ham fans. With the start of the new Premier League season imminent, manager David Moyes will be hopeful of incomings sooner rather than later.

Reportedly, finishing touches are being applied to centre back Nikola Milenkovic’s transfer from Fiorentina, while a move for Chelsea’s Kurt Zouma has appeared to hit an obstacle, with the Blues’ £25 million valuation of the player thought to be causing problems.

West Ham eyeing up move for Barcelona forward

However, the latest news has seen the club linked with a move for Barcelona’s Danish forward Martin Braithwaite, who starred for his country at Euro 2020.  While the English press reported this at the end of July, news has since resurfaced, in Spanish daily newspaper Mundo Deportivo, with Barcelona’s financial situation becoming even more untenable.

For fans, though, this could well be seen as a highly underwhelming signing, with the 30-year-old only scoring two goals in 29 La Liga appearances last season, registering an equal amount of assists, while previous seasons do little to offer encouragement.

The last time the forward hit double figures was when he scored 11 in 34 Ligue 1 appearances in the 2016/17 season while playing for Toulouse – the club where he has been the most prolific in his career, racking up 40 goals and 15 assists in 149 appearances.

No doubt that Braithwaite does have a good amount of experience to offer. While he could prove to be a clever addition for Moyes, the lack of goal involvements in recent seasons might just worry Hammers fans. However, any fee is likely to be in the region of £6 million, which will not break the bank while giving the club another attacking option.

 

Other priorities for West Ham?

Arguably the biggest goal for the East London side this summer was keeping hold of star player Declan Rice, who shone at Euro 2020 alongside Kalvin Phillips. Despite the player being linked away from the club for the last two years, surprisingly, very little talk of any activity surrounding the player during this transfer window.

While Milenkovic will add much-needed steel to their defence, a striker has to be the priority for Moyes, with only Michail Antonio being the club’s only registered senior striker. Making Jesse Lingard’s loan permanent was also identified as a ‘must’, however, Manchester United’s decision to keep him was a considerable blow.

Landing goalkeeper Alphonse Areola on loan from PSG is a major coup for the club and they will hope that they can sign him permanently next summer.