By Nick Ware

20th Jul, 2021 | 7:10pm

Agent of West Ham-linked Martin Braithwaite hits out at Wolves transfer speculation

The agent of Barcelona forward Martin Braithwaite has hit out at “false” stories by Jorge Mendes amid reports linking the Dane with a move to West Ham this summer.

Spanish publication Sport are one of the news outlets that have consistently ran stories linking the 30-year-old attacker with a move to the Premier League, with West Ham, Wolves and Brighton said to be the most interested parties.

Indeed, they claimed that Braithwaite was favouring the former two over Brighton, with super-agent Jorge Mendes pushing a transfer to Wolves.

However, Braithwaite’s actual agent Hasan Cetinkaya has hit back, telling Danish newspaper BT: “All these stories are fake.

“Jorge Mendes has nothing to do with Martin Braithwaite, it is also false like all the other writings. Jorge Mendes does not have players in Barcelona.

“Why should Martin Braithwaite switch to Wolverhampton, and why should an agent who has no players in Barcelona try to get my player to Wolverhampton, even though I know Jorge Mendes has good connections to clubs like Wolverhampton? It’s a waste of everyone’s time,

‘Martin Braithwaite plays in the biggest club in the world, he works with one of the biggest coaches in the world. From day one until now, everything has exceeded all expectations in terms of playing time in Barcelona and well-being at the club, and he is very happy. He was one of the best players at the European Championships with some incredible statistics, and he will continue in Barcelona.”

Premier League switch off the cards?

Well, by the sounds of it, Braithwaite certainly won’t be ending up at Molineux this summer.

It was a pretty strong response from his agent who looks to have ended speculation linking him with a move to the Midlands.

There was no direct mention of West Ham, but the agent did say that “it is false like all the other writings”, before saying that “he will continue in Barcelona”.

Of course, that may be a bluff, but he’s laid some pretty strong foundations to suggest that he is staying put this summer.

Whether Barcelona attempt to force him out remains to be seen, however, after the arrivals of Sergio Aguero and Memphis Depay added to their financial woes.

They will surely be looking to offload a player who is not instrumental in their plans, but even if they do succeed in selling him, there will surely be many fans hoping he doesn’t end up at the London Stadium.

He may have been an impressive performer at Euro 2020, but at his age and with his prior goal scoring record, it’s not a transfer we want to see happen.

In other West Ham news, the Irons have made multiple bids for ‘this Crowd-pleaser’ but could loan him straight out.

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