West Ham United ended the season in high spirits.
The Hammers secured their Premier League survival with games to spare, thanks to a fine end-of-season run under David Moyes.
They only lost once in their final six games of the campaign, beating Norwich City and Watford, both of whom were ultimately relegated, while also drawing with Newcastle United, Manchester United, and Aston Villa.
The form of Sebastien Haller was a concern throughout the campaign, though, as he scored just seven goals and failed to net in any of his final six outings for the club in the top-flight.
It came down to Michail Antonio, ultimately, to save his club, as he scored eight goals in his final seven outings, including a stunning four-goal haul against Norwich.
It should come as little surprise, then, that West Ham are attempting to sign a striker in the summer transfer window.
Sport Witness carries a report from Spanish outlet Sport claiming that Barcelona striker Martin Braithwaite is closing in on a move to east London.
Barca paid €18 million (£16.2m) for his signature in the January transfer window and they are said to be keen to recover the money if they are to sanction a sale.
The two clubs have yet to agree a deal but they are in talks, and the forward and his agent are hopeful of securing a transfer in the coming months.
Indeed, Sport are confident that a deal will happen, reporting that he could join West Ham in the “next few days”.
GIVEMESPORT’S Harry Sherlock says…
This feels like a very bizarre deal for West Ham to do.
They have concerns over the form of Haller, and they need a striker who can guarantee them goals.
If it wasn’t for a late flurry from Antonio in the final few weeks of the season, they could genuinely be starting to plan for life in the Championship.
Thus signing Braithwaite doesn’t make sense; he has scored just once for a Barcelona team packed with creative talent and has never set the world alight, failing to score over 10 goals for any of them, bar FC Toulouse.
His previous spell in England saw him score nine goals in 40 games for Middlesbrough and one has to imagine that there is a better option available on the market.
This shouldn’t be the deal the club are prioritising.News Now - Sport News