Sunderland and West Ham to Battle for International Striker

Although Toulouse are in the midst of a relegation battle in Ligue 1, it hasn’t stopped Danish forward Martin Braithwaite being linked with a move to the Premier League. The Daily Mail report that Sunderland could be interested in the summer, but they may face competition from West Ham United, Crystal Palace, and Hull City.

It’s believed that scouts from the North East club were in attendance to watch Denmark’s 1-0 defeat to Scotland during the international break. Although his team lost, the report suggests that they were impressed with what they saw, despite the 24-year-old missing a very good chance to level the game.

This is his third season with Toulouse, and despite his 13 goals making him Le Téfécé’s second top scorer – behind Wissam Ben Yedder – and his best return to date, there is a definite sense that he is not as clinical as he should be.

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No one in the TFC team takes more shots than Braithwaite. During his time in France, the Danish forward has taken 240 shots and only scored 27 goals, that’s a conversion rate of just over 10%. Although he is quick and good at running the channels. Goals matter, especially in a team struggling at the bottom end of the Premier League.

You really can’t carry a striker that struggles to find the back of the net. Sunderland would be better looking elsewhere.