West Ham United could be the surprise beneficiaries of what promises to be one of the biggest deals of the next transfer window.
Football is suspended for the foreseeable future.
But that has not stopped football clubs from plotting their moves in the transfer market it seems.
A top level source inside West Ham this week revealed the club will sign a striker in the next window – whenever that might be.
Haller’s lonely West Ham struggle
The Hammers have struggled for goals all season.
Record £45million signing Sebastien Haller has struggled as a lone striker, netting just seven goals in 29 appearances.
And a top level source at West Ham – believed to be co-owner David Sullivan himself – has told Claret & Hugh the club will be signing a striker as their first priority.
West Ham have been linked with a host of players during the enforced break.
And there has been speculation West Ham will make a £15million move for Barcelona striker Martin Braithwaite in the “summer” window (Daily Mail).
Hammers linked with £15m Braithwaite move
The Denmark international only moved to Barca in February in a controversial deal sanctioned outside f the transfer window by La Liga.
The former Middlesbrough forward was signed to provide emergency cover to an attack that had been stripped bare following long term injuries to the likes of Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele.
But Braithwaite was also needed due to the terrible form of Antoine Griezmann and was actually above the Frenchman in the pecking order during the short spell before the enforced break due to the coronavirus pandemic.
So West Ham could be surprise beneficiaries in landing Braithwaite after reports emerged claiming Paris Saint Germain and Barca could agree a huge swap deal involving Griezmann and Neymar in the next window (Sky Sports).
West Ham could be surprise beneficiaries of mega swap deal
A return to the Camp Nou for Neymar would push Braithwaite completely out of the picture.
And Barca also plan on signing Inter striker Lautaro Martinez as well according to the Sky Sports report.
That will mean – as reported by the likes of the Daily Mail – that Barca will be open to selling West Ham target Braithwaite as long as they recoup what they paid for him just over a month ago.
Braithwaite’s goal record will not have West Ham fans overly excited.
The 28-year-old has scored just 85 goals in 385 career games. And he notched only nine in 40 appearances for Boro in the Championship.
But Barcelona obviously saw something in him they could work with.
And perhaps West Ham boss David Moyes sees something similar about how Braithwaite might help get the best out of Haller?