By Will Butcher
West Ham are weighing up a second offer for Toulouse forward Martin Braithwaite after having an £8.5million bid rejected in December, according to a report.
Sky Sports claim that 25-year-old was the subject of a Hammers bid last month, but rejected the offer for the Denmark international as they look to receive £10million for their captain.
It is believed that Slaven Bilic’s side have reignited their interest in the forward, with a second bid being considered by top-ranking Hammers officials.
But a bidding war is on the cards for the Hammers, after dallying over renewing their interest which has seen other European clubs become interested in Braithwaite.
Having a hand in 11 goals this season, the former Esbjerg FB striker has found the back of the net eight times in 18 games in all competitions as well as turning provider on three separate occasions.
Bilic is keen to bring a striker to the London Stadium this month, after Italy international Simone Zaza cancelled his loan in east London to join La Liga side Valencia.
After Jonathan Calleri reportedly left the Hammers over the weekend and Dimitri Payet’s future hanging in the balance, a new forward could be high on Bilic’s transfer agenda.
Football Insider verdict:
Bilic cannot afford any more transfer flops. Many of his overseas summer signings have failed to have any kind of impact in claret and blue, with Zaza, Calleri, Havard Nordtveit and Gokhan Tore all struggling to impress since signing. Bilic must do his homework on Braithwaite, in order to avoid another flop signing from overseas. The striker’s form is impressive, but it must be considered that the defences of France’s top tier are more forgiving than the Premier League’s. With the signing of Scott Hogan also close to completion from Championship side Brentford and target man Andy Carroll hitting a run of form, a move for Braithwaite should be considered a last resort.
In other West Ham transfer news, this is how Bilic should deal with Dimitri Payet.