West Ham in the race for "astonishing" forward

Martin Braithwaite in action for Denmark

By the skin of their teeth, West Ham United lived to survive another season in the Premier League.

It was a rollercoaster campaign for the Hammers whose supporters protested against the ownership of David Gold and David Sullivan and witnessed some pretty poor football.

Manuel Pellegrini was sacked and under David Moyes, it's difficult to say the club have been better off.

As the season drew to a close last Sunday, the Irons ended up finishing in 16th, five points ahead of the relegation places.

West Ham will be in search of improvement next term but they will have to spend a lot more wisely in the transfer market.

They splashed out on Pablo Fornals and Sebastien Haller but neither set the world alight, scoring nine goals between them.

According to Transfemarkt, the Hammers spent over £108m last term - hardly very healthy considering their final league position.

Moyes

The transfer window is now open and it remains to be seen who the Irons bring in.

However, someone already familiar to the English game has emerged as a target.

Per Mundo Deportivo (via Sport Witness), Barcelona are in talks to sell Martin Braithwaite to either Everton or West Ham.

A fee of €18m (£16.2m) will be enough to secure his services according to the report. 

The Spanish giants are keen to get rid of the attacker just months after signing him on an emergency loan deal following Ousmane Dembele's troublesome injury. 

Martin Braithwaite

GIVEMESPORT'S Matt Dawson says...

Braithwaite would certainly be an interesting addition for West Ham but it remains to be seen what his true qualities are.

Having learned from the likes of Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi, he is bound to have improved, but the fact remains that he's only found the net once for Barca - a record that should concern the West Ham faithful.

The 29-year-old has previously had experiences of playing in England for Middlesbrough, scoring eight times in the Championship during a spell which didn't end well.

Tony Pulis branded the attacker "astonishing" and "ungrateful" after walking into Steve Gibson's office and demanding a move away.

Martin Braithwaite celebrates scoring for Middlesbrough

His professionalism wasn't to be admired for the way he left English shores behind and you have to worry about his lack of goals. 

Coincidentally, this isn't the first time the Hammers have pursued Braithwaite either. Gold and Sullivan were looking at landing the Dane in 2017 according to L'Equipe (via talkSPORT), but nothing materialised.

West Ham should be thankful about that because they'd only be wasting their money by sealing his signature.

Moyes and co desperately need to look elsewhere.

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