By Danny Wright
West Ham are plotting a seven-figure bid for Toulouse attacker Martin Braithwaite, according to a report.
The Sun claims that the 26-year-old could be the subject of a £7.5million offer from the Hammers as they look to bolster their forward options ahead of next season.
It is understood that Marseille and FC Koln are also keen on the 15-times Denmark international, who is known for his rapid pace.
However, the Sun reports that Braithwaite is looking for a move to the Premier League after spending four years with French Ligue 1 outfit Toulouse, which could give the Hammers an advantage over the two European clubs.
He scored 12 goals in 36 appearances across all competitions this season and has began to attract attention from elsewhere.
Braithwaite spent the first half of the campaign as a striker before being swapped to play as an attacking winger on the left.
West Ham are looking for new attacking options this summer but it said that Slaven Bilic is trying not to take any risks after the failed signings of Simone Zaza, Jonathan Calleri and Gokhan Tore last year.
Football Insider Verdict
Braithwaite certainly looks like a good player that could potentially offer something different to the Hammers strike force. He’s in a completely different mould to Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho so could prove to be an exciting option when coming off the bench. £7.5million isn’t a lot either as we’ve seen other Premier League clubs squander a lot more than that on strikers in recent years. The sale, and release, of several members of the squad could easily boost West Ham’s transfer and wage budget for the summer meaning that they can spend such an amount on a back-up player. It’s unlikely Braithwaite could spearhead an attack all season long but could provide a perfect plan B.
In other West Ham news, the Hammers have slapped an £8million price tag on this 29-year-old.