European clubs chase Braithwaite amid West Ham interest

Toulouse's Danish forward Martin Braithwaite looks on during the French League Cup football Metz (FCM) vs Toulouse (TFC) at Saint Symphorien stadium on Dec
Image: Toulouse's Danish forward Martin Braithwaite has attracted interest from multiple clubs in Europe

West Ham United are considering launching an improved bid for Toulouse striker Martin Braithwaite, but will face tough competition from 'a number of European clubs', according to Sky Sources.

Slaven Bilic's side tabled a £8.5m offer for the Ligue 1 skipper last month but Toulouse rejected the deal and claimed they were unwilling to let Braithwaite go for less than £10m.

The 25-year-old Denmark international, who joined his current club from Danish Superliga outfit Esbjerg FB in the summer of 2013, has now attracted further interest from Europe.

The Hammers could face a bidding war if they continue to pursue their interest in the player.

Toulouse's Danish forward Martin Braithwaite (R) is tackled by Dijon's French defender Yunis Abdelhamid during the French L1 football match between Dijon (
Image: Toulouse rejected an £8.5m bid for Braithwaite from West Ham in December

Braithwaite has scored seven goals in 17 league appearances so far this season and was pivotal in helping Toulouse avoid relegation during the 2015-16 campaign.

Toulouse manager Pascal Dupraz, who has been impressed with Braithwaite's development this season, was thought to be looking for a strike partner to accompany the player but will now consider offers.

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A bargain buy at just £2m, Braithwaite could hand the French club a significant profit should he make a move during the January transfer window.

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