Leeds United are not interested in signing Barcelona forward Martin Braithwaite, according to LeedsLive journalist Beren Cross.
Earlier this week, Spanish news outlet Sport reported that Leeds have made an enquiry about the 29-year-old Denmark international ahead of the transfer window re-opening in January. West Brom and West Ham are also said to be keen on the Barca man, who would be allowed to leave the Nou Camp for £13.4million in the winter.
However, Cross has ruled out the possibility of Leeds making a move for the former Middlesbrough striker in a Q&A session on the LeedsLive website.
When asked if there is anything in the Braithwaite rumour, Cross said: “No, I don’t understand there’s any interest in Braithwaite.
“The club are very happy with what they have at their disposal going into that window and will only move for someone if serious injury robs them of someone currently on the books.
“There’s little in Braithwaite’s profile which ticks enough boxes for [Victor] Orta or [Marcelo] Bielsa.”
It’s still a mystery as to why Barcelona thought they needed to sign Braithwaite from Legans in February.
La Liga allowed Barca to make an emergency signing outside of the transfer window after Ousmane Dembele suffered a serious injury setback.
After being handed the special dispensation by La Liga, Barca signed Braithwaite for £15million [BBC Sport], seriously hurting Leganes hopes of avoiding relegation (they did eventually get relegated).
It is one of the most controversial transfers in recent history as La Liga allowed one of the top clubs in the league to poach one of the lesser clubs’ best player to add what was effectively an extra squad player.
Braithwaite – surprise, surprise – is now hardly getting any game-time for Barcelona as he’s featured just five times this season and all of those appearances have been as a substitute.
We don’t want to see Leeds help Barcelona by handing them money back for a player they should never have been allowed to sign so we’re glad that Cross’ update has ruled out a January move for the Boro flop.
In other Leeds United news, this player would be a major bargain for Leeds in January – even though he’ll cost well over £30million.