According to a report from Spanish outlet Sport, West Ham United and Leeds have asked Barcelona about the possibility of signing Martin Braithwaite in the January transfer window.
The former Middlesbrough man moved to the Camp Nou for £15 million (BBC) in February this year. His transfer sparked a ton of controversy as it was outside the transfer window, but La Liga rules permitted it, and Barcelona sealed the deal.
Braithwate was brought in as a cover to Ousmane Dembele who was out with a long-term injury. Now that the Frenchman is back, Barcelona want the Dane out, and thankfully for them, there are clubs interested.
West Brom, West Ham and Leeds want Braithwaite
The report claims that West Ham and Leeds have enquired about his situation, while West Bromwich Albion are also interested in his services ahead of the January transfer window.
David Moyes’ side currently have Sebastien Haller and Michail Antonio up top. The latter is injured, while the Frenchman hasn’t quite adjusted to life in the Premier League after his £45 million (BBC) move from Eintracht Frankfurt last year.
Leeds, on the other hand, have enough firepower up front. Patrick Bamford has done well in the Premier League so far and summer signing Rodrigo is settling in well in Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
West Brom are one of the favourites to get relegated this season. They need all the help they can get, and Braithwaite might just give them the firepower they need to get out of the hole they are expected to be in.
The report claims that Barcelona are open to selling him in January. They want £13.4 million for the striker, which isn’t that big an amount for an English club these days.
Braithwaite himself could be keen on a move away. He needs regular game time to secure a spot in Denmark’s Euros squad, and if one of the three interested Premier League clubs can offer that to him, he will likely accept it in January.