By Pranav Shahaney

30th Jul, 2021 | 3:10pm

West Ham close in on £13m Martin Braithwaite signing

West Ham are reportedly on the cusp of sealing a £13m transfer for Barcelona forward Martin Braithwaite.

According to a report in Sport, the Denmark international is very close to joining the London outfit.

One of their reporters Albert Roge has claimed that there is a “very advanced agreement” between the two clubs and Barcelona for the transfer.

Via his personal Twitter account he wrote, “Braithwaite, very close to West Ham. €15M transfer. Very advanced agreement between clubs. The forward’s OK is missing.”

However, Braithwaite is still to declare to Barcelona that West Ham is the club he wants to join.

The Euro 2020 attacker has been linked with a number of clubs, so East London is not the only probable destination this summer.

Best one there?

Braithwaite may be a decent player, who a few years ago, would’ve definitely led the line with aplomb for us.

However, at 30, he’s probably looking for his next and probably final big paycheck in his career as Barcelona are cash-strapped and he has been deemed redundant at Camp Nou.

What’s holding back the deal, per the aforementioned Sport report, is the wages we’re offering the striker to move to the London Stadium this summer.

It doesn’t make sense to break our wage structure for someone who possibly has two good years before he’ll be needing replacing again.

Most of our strike targets have been in the 24-27-year-old age bracket and those are the kind of players we should be looking to sign even if it means shelling out a few million quid in transfer fees.

David Moyes has been entrusted with the responsibility of building this team for the future, having recently signed a new contract, and Braithwaite unfortunately is not the one who will be leading the line for us in the coming years.

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