West Ham could be beaten by Valencia in the race to sign Barcelona striker Martin Braithwaite according to a report from La Razon.

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The Hammers’ need for a centre-forward has been well-documented this summer.

Michail Antonio is currently the only recognised senior striker at the London Stadium.

And that quite clearly isn’t good enough, especially with Europa League football on the agenda next season!

David Moyes seems to be casting his net far and wide in his search for a new centre-forward and one of the names to have been linked with us consistently recently is Martin Braithwaite of Barcelona (Sport).

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West Ham allegedly could miss out on Martin Braithwaite to Valencia (Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images)

The 54-capped Denmark international is allegedly on the Hammers’ radar and it will take around £16 million to prise him away from the Camp Nou (Sport).

 

West Ham missing out on Martin Braithwaite would be blessing in disguise

La Razon are now reporting that Valencia could be set to hijack the Hammers’ move for the 30-year-old Dane and therefore Moyes should just let the La Liga side have him.

The Scot has repeatedly insisted that he is only interested in bringing young, talented and hungry players to the London Stadium.

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

Considering the fact that Braithwaite is 30, that clearly doesn’t make sense.

The Barcelona forward has a really poor career goalscoring record. He has only 93 goals in 401 games to his name (Transfermarkt)! West Ham need to sign a proven goalscorer this summer.

Whoever it is needs to be athletic, energetic and physically robust and Braithwaite doesn’t possess all of those characteristics.

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The Hammers should be staying well clear of the 30-year-old and Valencia signing the Dane would be a blessing in disguise for David Moyes this summer.

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