The 6ft. 8” front-man look nailed on to be joining the Hammers a matter of weeks ago from Monaco – whom he recently signed for from Anzhi Makhachkala – only to alter his destination once the Toffees were interested.
The Ivorian’s decision came a major blow to Sam Allardyce, who was convinced that he’d landed a forward capable of aiding the East London club’s push for safety.
Traore says that it was hard to choose between Everton and West Ham, but that Roberto Martinez’s side’s style of play was ultimately the deciding factor:
“It was quite close but Everton was my choice,” he is quoted by the Daily Star.
“I looked at the styles of play of the two teams we are talking about and the way in which Everton play is more of a passing side and the style of Everton suited my technical ability.
“Also I looked at where they were in the league and they (Everton) were quite well off for points in the league so I think with that sort of emphasis on skill and the passing game I am hoping I can settle in as quickly as possible with my style of play.
“There were other clubs interested in me at the beginning but I knew Everton had a good possibility of getting into European football next season.”
Traore is currently recovering from a hamstring injury, but he is expected to be at full-fitness soon, which will come as a timely boost for Martinez who lost Romelu Lukaku to injury during Tuesday’s 4-0 Merseyside derby hammering at the hands of Liverpool.