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West Ham set to battle Premier League rivals for Bertrand Traore

West Ham United are set to battle with Premier League rivals for the acquisition of Lyon forward Bertrand Traore, as reported by Foot Mercato.

What’s the story?

It is suggested that the Hammers will be going up against their relegation rivals AFC Bournemouth to sign the 24-year-old during the winter window.

However, it seems as though there is a considerable difference in the deal structures the two clubs are offering the French giants.

The Cherries are offering to pay €35m [£29.4m] during this window, while West Ham are looking to take Traore on an initial loan with an option to buy included.

It is also stated within the report that Leicester City are pursuing a deal that is similar to the one proposed by West Ham.

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A big risk

If either of these clubs end up completing a move for the Burkina Faso international, with the £29.4m price tag playing a part, whether that is paid in the winter or summer, it could be considered a big risk.

This campaign, Traore has made 11 Ligue 1 starts, while also coming off the bench five times, getting three assists during that time but no goals.

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Who is this former West Ham player?

He has shown an ability to make an impact in general play though, averaging 1.2 key passes and 1.6 dribbles per game, while completing 84.8% of his passes.

This indicates that there is definitely scope for him to make a positive impact, but the fact that he has been used fairly sporadically should ring some alarm bells when taking into account the considerable fees that are being touted.

The Hammers could definitely use attacking reinforcements though, with Albian Ajeti having been slammed by Paul Robinson for his moment against Everton, while he is still yet to score a goal for West Ham.

Traore could prove to be a useful option, but he is someone who would be far from a surefire success if brought in.

Meanwhile, West Ham are rivalling a Bundesliga and Premier League outfit for an international winger.

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