West Ham are closing in on a shock loan deal for powerful Ivorian striker Lacina Traore, according to reports from the Daily Mail.

The 6ft. 8” front-man has recently agreed a deal to join Monaco from Anzhi Makhachkala, following the Russian side’s financial woes, but is set to be immediately loaned to the Hammers.

Dispute the lanky hit-man being highly-rated, the French giants are said to be willing to let him leave straight away to play regularly for the remainder of the season, which Sam Allardyce has moved to take advantage of.

It is understood that the player himself has agreed to the switch, and is set to fly to London to undergo a medical and pen a short-term deal – which will be dependent on a work permit hearing.

Traore has long has a reputation as one of European football’s top young target-men, with the 23-year-old’s considerable frame making him a handful for even the most experienced of defenders.

Allardyce is known to be desperate to add to his attacking ranks with Andy Carroll sidelined, and sees the former FC Cluj ace as the ideal man to slot into his first-team in the Geordie’s absence.

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