Barcelona striker Martin Braithwaite has no interest in leaving the Camp Nou amidst links with West Ham. But it should be seen as great news for the Hammers.
West Ham are interested in signing the 29-year-old forward in January, according to a report from Sport.
David Moyes will undoubtedly be keen to bolster his attacking ranks at the London Stadium in January.
It seemed as though Braithwaite could have been an option for the Hammers. That seems like it won’t happen now, however.
Braithwaite is quoted by the Mirror (19 November, page 57) as saying:
“I am where I always dreamed of and you can only improve if you are here. Many things are happening, but I only focus on those I can control.”
Let’s be honest here. Missing out on Braithwaite should not be a bad thing.
If Moyes truly wanted to bring the 45-capped Denmark international to the London Stadium, it could have been a signing that ended in disaster.
Poor goalscoring record
The 29-year-old has scored just one goal in 16 games since joining Barcelona at the start of this year. He really disappointed during a spell in England as well, racking up only nine goals in 40 games for Middlesbrough. In fact, the Dane has scored just 86 goals in 364 career club games. (Transfermarkt).
West Ham could and should be aiming a lot higher than Martin Braithwaite. It is genuinely baffling that Barcelona signed him in the first place.
If Moyes truly wants to take the Hammers to another level, he needs to bring young, powerful and athletic players with a point to prove to the club.
And Braithwaite clearly doesn’t fit into that category. So missing out on the 29-year-old is not a bad thing whatsoever.