West Ham were linked with a move for Martin Braithwaite last week.

Spanish publication Sport claimed that the Hammers are keen to sign the £16.5 million-rated forward whenever the transfer window opens.

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And it now seems that the east London outfit’s alleged interest in the 39-capped Denmark international is intensifying.

The Daily Mail have today claimed that West Ham are preparing a £15 million bid for Braithwaite.

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Martin Braithwaite (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

Whether Barcelona would be willing to accept that kind of fee for the 28-year-old, however, remains to be seen.

Stats

Since the start of the 2017/18 campaign, the Dane has racked up 26 goals and 13 assists in 105 games in all competitions for Boro, Leganes and Barcelona (Transfermarkt).

 

So he is hardly prolific.

In 24 La Liga outings for Leganes before joining Barca, Braithwaite averaged 1.8 shots, 1.5 dribbles and 0.6 key passes per game (Who Scored).

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Lionel Messi with Martin Braithwaite (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

At 28, the Denmark international is far from an up and coming talent either. So whether he is worth anywhere near £15 million is highly debatable.

West Ham need a natural goalscorer. Someone who will guarantee them at least 15 goals a season.

It is quite clear that the Barcelona striker is not that man.

So perhaps West Ham should think long and hard about offering £15 million for Braithwaite.

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