According to a report from Spanish publication Sport, West Ham are interested in signing £16.5m-rated Barcelona forward Martin Braithwaite, and some Hammers fans reacted on Twitter to the speculation.
David Moyes will undoubtedly be looking to bolster his centre-forward ranks whenever the transfer window re-opens.
Sebastien Haller and Albian Ajeti have failed to impress since joining West Ham in the summer of 2019.
And Spanish media outlet Sport claims that the Hammers could be looking to address their attacking deficiencies by making a move for Barcelona forward Martin Braithwaite at the end of this season.
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).
The Denmark international struggled during his time with Middlesbrough, so why the West Ham owners and management team would think that he could be a success in east London is rather bizarre.
Some Hammers fans took to Twitter in reaction to the links with the Barca hitman…
omg this is classic west ham
— Stephen George Lott (@stephenlott) March 30, 2020
Unsure as to Barcelona’s reasoning in signing Martin Braithwaite – West Ham need to be looking at strikers who are proven at the top level; Braithwaite’s scoring record and goal-to-game ratio for Middlesborough in The Championship was unflattering and unspectacular, at best.
— Josh Verrills (@WestHamJoshV) March 29, 2020
If we sign him that’s pathetic
— Alfie (@Alfie44853343) March 29, 2020
Hope football gets suspended indefinitely then x
— James Gunn (@jamesgunn_) March 29, 2020
If we were going to go for a big Spanish club CF that’s not being used I’d much prefer Mariano Diaz! Needs a move 26 now had very good season at Lyon before bought back & is too good to not play more IMO
— JRS🌐 (@Futball4All) March 29, 2020
— Jurac⚒ (@54fc875286444f7) March 29, 2020
Yeah, let’s buy a player from Barcelona, I’m sure he won’t be overvalued at all..
— Joseph Gkogiannos (@gkogiannos) March 30, 2020
This would be horrendous
— Laura Wren (@LJWren79) March 30, 2020