West Ham United have asked Lyon about the potential for a loan deal for winger Bertrand Traore, according to TEAMtalk.
The outlet claims that the Hammers have enquired with the French side about a temporary deal for the 23-year-old, with a view to a permanent one.
The east London outfit are thought to be keen to bring the Burkina Faso international back to the capital, where he previously plied his trade with Chelsea.
However, the club’s club record outlay on striker Sebastien Haller has meant that funds are limited at the London Stadium, while Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal are also thought to be in for a man who bagged 11 goals last season.
Well well well, West Ham’s summer transfer business doesn’t seem like it’s done, does it? The Haller deal did obviously swallow up a fairly significant chunk of the club’s transfer budget, and so they are likely going to be priced out of a move for a talent as prodigious as Traore. TEAMtalk’s report states that the Ligue 1 side don’t want to offload the youngster, so it’s virtually impossible that they are then going to accept a loan deal for him. It seems like the Hammers are keen on the sort of deal you see coming out of Italy much of the time, where a team secures a temporary swoop for a player before signing them permanently the following season. However, you’ve got to say that if the team’s London rivals Spurs and Arsenal are both in for Traore, then it’s going to be very difficult for him to end up at the London Stadium. That’s the dilemma facing West Ham here: they don’t have the cash to afford the player and bigger teams are in for him.