Tottenham to face West Ham for Barcelona’s Martin Braithwaite

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Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly joined West Ham United in the race to sign Martin Braithwaite from Barcelona this summer.

According to a report by Spanish publication SPORT, Tottenham Hotspur are the latest club to be linked with a move for Martin Braithwaite. The Lilywhites are set to face their London rivals West Ham United in pursuit of the Denmark international, who could leave Barcelona in the summer transfer window.

Braithwaite joined Barcelona from Leganes in February 2020, due to an odd rule that a La Liga club can sign outside the transfer window. Since then, the 30-year-old has played second fiddle in the main attacking options at Camp Nou, settling for rare starts as well as a few appearances on the bench.

To date, Braithwaite has made 53 appearances for Barcelona, ​​scoring eight goals and four assists along the way. And this summer, he impressed during his time in Denmark at UEFA Euro 2020, playing a key role as they reached the semi-finals. At club level, however, the Dane is starting at an uncertain future at Barcelona, ​​who have deemed him surplus to needs.

However, despite his precarious situation at Camp Nou, Braithwaite has no shortage of suitors in the transfer market. In particular, two London giants are keen to sign him, with Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United looking to push him away from Barcelona.

Ready for a return to England?  (Photo by Catherine Ivill / Getty Images)

Ready for a return to England? (Photo by Catherine Ivill / Getty Images)

Tottenham are looking for at least one striker this summer following their decision not to sign Carlos Vinicius for a permanent contract. This left Nuno Espirito Santo with Harry Kane as the only natural striker available to him. With Kane’s future at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on hold, Spurs could end up signing two forwards, with.

To that end, figures like Lautaro Martinez, Dusan Vlahovic and Dominic Calvert-Lewin have been linked to the Lilywhites this summer. Braithwaite, however, could be an option for Vinicius, although a move for the Barcelona forward hinges on Kane’s future. As for West Ham, their eagerness to sign a striker is understandable as well.

While Michail Antonio has been nothing short of a revelation since taking over as a full-time striker, it’s important to note that West Ham has yet to replace Sebastien Haller. As a result, it’s not hard to see why Braithwaite is seen as a target this summer.

In fact, West Ham have already made a preliminary deal with Barcelona for Braithwaite. However, Tottenham’s entry makes things more difficult for Barcelona and the Hammers, with the 30-year-old preferring to move to north London instead. What now remains to be seen is whether Spurs will even take a step for the Dane. Otherwise, he might just be on his way to West Ham instead.


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