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Money is no object to Martin Braithwaite so why would he join West Ham?
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Money is no object to Martin Braithwaite so why would he join West Ham?

When it comes to luring a player away from Barcelona West Ham United – or any club for that matter – already have a tough task on their hands.

But when it comes to Martin Braithwaite – the striker West Ham have been linked with since selling Sebastien Haller – it seems almost futile.

At the weekend Foot Mercato claimed West Ham are actually in talks to sign former Middlesbrough forward Braithwaite.

Indeed a deal for Braithwaite to join West Ham has been reported as close several times in this window.

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Braithwaite continues to be linked with West Ham switch but fans are underwhelmed

That news has on each occasion seriously underwhelmed West Ham fans.

But the real question West Ham fans must ask themselves is why Braithwaite would leave Barca to join, not just them but pretty much anyone else.

More money or a longer term deal on the same kind of money would usually be a big factor in these kind of transfers.

But money is no object to multi-millionaire businessman Braithwaite, who is one of the world’s richest players thanks to his acumen off the pitch.

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One of the world’s richest players thanks to business acumen

Forbes reported that the West Ham target may not be one of Barcelona’s highest paid players on £85,000 per week. 

But Braithwaite’s success in the US real estate market, fashion and his own restaurant have made him a multi-millionaire.

Back in 2017, Braithwaite invested $850,000 dollars into a business called NYCE Companies with his uncle, Philip Michael.

Their business had grown to $10m by the end of the year and now it is worth a staggering $250m.

According to Danish outlet B.T, Braithwaite and Michael own 1,500 apartments and have 500 more under development.

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Bumped up the pecking order by default at skint Barca and money is no object for reported Hammers target

The man West Ham boss David Moyes is reportedly trying to bring to the London Stadium also owns a clothing brand called ‘Trente’ with his wife, which is said to have had enormous success in France.

And he owns a restaurant, ‘Gave’, located in Barcelona.

Throw in Lionel Messi’s departure and the fact Barcelona’s financial struggles make new signings next to impossible for the foreseeable future and Braithwaite could even find himself being their leading forward by default on the pitch.

On that front the season has started well for the Denmark international as he hit a brace and laid on an assist in Barca’s 4-2 win over Moyes’s old club Real Sociedad.

The West Ham target was also lauded by Barca boss Ronald Koeman.

If Moyes is genuinely interested perhaps he needs to start looking at alternatives.

Maybe he already has after West Ham insider ExWHUemployee claimed the Scot has been monitoring Borussia Monchengladbach forward Marcus Thuram?

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