According to a report from a report from French media outlet Foot Mercato, West Ham have contacted the representatives of Lyon forward Bertrand Traore regarding a potential move for the former Chelsea man.

The Hammers are desperate for a new striker this summer, with more competition and support required for the misfiring Sebastien Haller.

And Traore could be just the man for the job. The 49-capped Burkina Faso international possesses rapid pace – something West Ham desperately need in the final third, and he can play anywhere along the front-line.

The 24-year-old has experienced an underwhelming campaign with Lyon thus far, however, with just three goals and four assists to his name in 24 appearances.

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Bertrand Traore (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

In spite of this, Foot Mercato claims that several Premier League clubs want to sign Traore, including the Hammers, Bournemouth, Everton and Leicester City.


The French media outlet actually suggests that the Cherries are ready to lodge a €35 million (£30 million) bid for the attacker. Although it is unclear as to whether Lyon will accept that kind of fee.

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Bertrand Traore (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

Traore began his career with Chelsea as a trainee in 2010, but he never hit the heights that were expected of him in west London, making just four senior league starts for the Blues.

He is undoubtedly a more mature player now, however, and it would be interesting to see whether he has what it takes to succeed in the Premier League, if he does indeed move back to England.

Whether the West Ham owners will be prepared to pay somewhere in the region of £30 million for someone who is hardly prolific in the goals and assists department though, remains to be seen.

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