The Malian forward will spend the season on loan at St Etienne, as manager Sam Allardyce looks for Maiga to gain valuable first team experience.
Maiga scored a hat-trick for the Hammers in a pre-season friendly against Eintracht Braunschweig this summer, but has been loaned out after Allardyce looked to rebuild his attacking options, with the inclusion of Andy Carroll now on a permanent deal.
The English manager might not be done there, as he is looking at Besiktas striker Hugo Almeida. The 29-year-old is the subject of a £3million bid, with Besiktas director of football Onder Ozen admitting they are open to offloading the forward:
“We need to restructure our wages and negotiate a more reasonable contract deal with him. We will consider offers for Almeida, especially if we can’t reach an agreement regarding his wages.”
Allardyce’s interest in forwards elsewhere has lead to Maiga being sent out on loan to Ligue 1 side St Etienne, who had held talks with striker Carlton Cole earlier in the transfer window. Cole was released by West Ham this summer.
The Hammers kick off their new campaign against Cardiff City on Saturday.
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