Having recently sold Sebastien Haller to Ajax, West Ham are likely to be on the hunt for a new striker before the end of this month.
The Ivory Coast international’s surprise move to Holland has put some money back into the Hammers coffers and, while Michail Antonio suits David Moyes perfectly, it is unlikely he’ll be happy with having just him available.
A dive into the market looks likely then and, one of the player’s who are likely to be on their list of potential targets is Ajax’s Lassina Traore.
He was linked with a move to the London Stadium at the beginning of the month when De Telegraaf claimed that they had ‘showed interest’ in the forward.
That same report indicated that the player was ‘well positioned’ on the market but insisted West Ham would be wasting their time with a move as the striker ‘cannot leave’.
That, of course, was before Haller’s arrival at the club and it seems the stance has changed somewhat if De Telegraaf’s Kenneth Pérez is to be believed.
He recently appeared on the VoetbaalPraat podcast and revealed that Ajax’s stance on Traore may have shifted.
“It would be gold if some crazy English club put down twenty million for that Traore. That wouldn’t surprise me. Then I have Haller’s money back,” Soccer News report him saying.
Now, to be clear, he’s not saying West Ham will make a bid or anything of that nature, he’s just saying he wouldn’t be surprised if there was an offer from England.
Given the Hammers have been linked very recently, and need a striker after selling Haller, it stands to reason they could be the ones making it, and if they did, it seems Ajax would be more than accommodating.