Everton have emerged as contenders to sign Lacina Traore on loan from Monaco, as West Ham’s efforts to acquire him have reportedly stalled, according to the Daily Mail.
The 23-year-old from Ivory Coast joined Monaco from Anzhi Makhachkala for a fee believed to be in the region of £8.6m, and the French giants want to send out Traore on loan until the end of the season.
Traore had scored just one goal in five appearances in the Russian first division this season, yet looking at last season’s statistics, you can appreciate the talent of this young man.
He scored 13 goals in 18 starts in all competitions, and earned his first appearance for his country, albeit as a substitute.
He has been granted a work permit for a move to the Hammers, yet a thigh injury has concerned the club, as they need to sign players fully fit to compete in the league.
West Ham are struggling for results at the moment, and a physical presence like 6 foot 8 Traore could make all the difference, yet only if fully fit.
However, it could be a different story for Everton, as they have other options up front and so can wait for Traore’s fitness to return.
The Toffees could be in need of a hitman to see out the season, having sold the out of form Nikica Jelavic to Hull City, and with Romelu Lukaku scoring just one goal in the Everton’s last eight Premier League games.
Traore would fit in well alongside Lukaku, and perhaps could help the Belgian recover his earlier goalscoring form.
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