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Report: West Ham and Leicester want Bertrand Traore

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Report: West Ham and Leicester want Bertrand Traore

West Ham United and Leicester City have joined Bournemouth in taking an interest in Lyon forward Bertrand Traore, according to a report from French outlet Foot Mercato.

Traore appears to be in line for a potential return to the Premier League this month. Foot Mercato reports that the Cherries are ready to bid around £29.7 million for the former Chelsea man.

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But it appears that Eddie Howe’s men may not have a clear run to his signature if the Ligue 1 side are willing to sell.

Foot Mercato reports that West Ham and Leicester have both taken a look at the 24-year-old. But it remains to be seen if they are willing to join the bidding for the Burkina Faso international.

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TBR View – Traore’s form this season suggests move could be gamble

Traore has not scored a single goal in the French top flight this season. And that may suggest that paying almost £30 million for him may be a gamble for the likes of West Ham.

He has previously enjoyed superb runs of form since leaving Stamford Bridge. Traore scored 13 league goals during his first season with Lyon, and seven in his second campaign.

 

He is also capable of playing anywhere across the front line. So you could understand why David Moyes may be tempted.

The Hammers would arguably be taking a risk letting the window close without providing Sebastien Haller with more support.

So perhaps Moyes is wondering whether Traore should be an option to potentially strengthen the club’s depth in the final third.

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