According to a report from Spanish media outlet Sport, West Ham and Everton are interested in signing Barcelona striker Martin Braithwaite.

The 28-year-old joined Barca from fellow La Liga side Leganes on an emergency deal in February.

The 39-capped Denmark international has only made three appearances for the Catalan giants thus far.

And Spanish publication Sport claims that Barcelona could be willing to sell him in the summer for just €18 million (£16.5 million). They suggest that both West Ham and Everton are monitoring the situation.

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

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Braithwaite has experience of playing in England, having spent 18 months with Middlesbrough from 2017-2019.

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

Would he offer West Ham or Everton anything extra?

Probably not in truth.

Braithwaite does possess pace in abundance, and he is a hard worker. But he doesn’t have any stand-out attributes that make him a special player.

For £16.5 million, the Hammers and the Toffees could probably both do better than the former Middlesbrough and Leganes man.

It is also worth remembering that the transfer market will undoubtedly be affected by the recent coronavirus outbreak. And prices may well drop whenever it reopens.

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