Aston Villa are closing in on the £19m signing of Bertrand Traore, according to the Athletic. This comes just weeks after the 25-year-old attacker was offered to West Ham.
Football Insider claimed last month that the Burkino Faso international was offered to the Hammers by the player’s agent Paul Tait.
David Moyes refused to bring the former Chelsea man to the London Stadium, however. He allegedly did not like the idea of players being forced upon him by agents.
And it now seems as though Aston Villa boss Dean Smith is set to bring Traore to Villa Park.
The Athletic claims that the Villans have agreed a £19 million deal to bring the Lyon ace to England. He is expected in the Midlands at some stage this week for his medical.
But should West Ham have brought Traore to east London?
The 25-year-old former Chelsea man can play anywhere along the front-line. He is comfortable on either wing or through the middle.
Traore possesses blistering pace – something the Hammers really do lack in the final third.
He wasn’t in great form last season, however, with just two goals and three assists to his name in 28 games for Lyon (Who Scored).
Traore’s best season came in the 2017/18 season, when he chalked up 17 goals and five assists in 40 games for the Ligue 1 side (Who Scored).
So he clearly has a lot of talent. But spending £19 million on him seems like somewhat of a risk in the current climate. Especially considering how we should really be prioritising the signings of two full-backs and a centre-back.
It also must be considered how he failed to establish himself in England before during his time with Chelsea.
The 25-year-old may do very well at Aston Villa. But this is one that we shouldn’t get too angry at missing out on.