Martin Braithwaite has been ruled out with a knee problem for four months (BBC) after having been heavily linked with a move to West Ham throughout the summer.

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In fact, Sport reported that the Barcelona striker rejected a move to to the Hammers.

So it seems as though West Ham have had a lucky escape.

Deportivo Alaves v FC Barcelona - La Liga Santander
Martin Braithwaite was heavily linked with a move to West Ham throughout the summer (Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images)

Sport reckon that Barcelona were prepared to sell the 30-year-old for around £16 million.

Thank God David Moyes didn’t bring him to the London Stadium, however.


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The Barca hitman now requires knee surgery. He will be out of action until mid-January as a result at the very best according to the BBC.

Martin Braithwaite in action for Barcelona (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

Many West Ham fans were furious as Braithwaite was continually linked with a move to the London Stadium throughout the summer transfer window.

The experienced Dane is a journeyman striker. He has never really excelled at any club he has played for.

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It says a lot that the majority of the Hammers fans were pleading for nobody to be signed at all rather than Braithwaite be brought to East London.

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And the fact that he will be out injured for four months just proves that West Ham have had a really lucky escape.

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