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Spurs links to Adama Traore are surely a red herring hangover so West Ham should not be discouraged
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Spurs links to Adama Traore are surely a red herring hangover so West Ham should not be discouraged

Spurs links to attacker Adama Traore are surely a red herring hangover so West Ham should not be discouraged.

West Ham have been long linked with a move for the inconsistent Wolves winger.

And speculation has been rife again since the transfer window opened. A number of sources have claimed the Hammers could move for Traore with a view to using his as a striker to share the load with Michail Antonio.

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David Moyes has had a lot of success turning wide men into strikers including Marko Arnautovic, Antonio and in many ways Jarrod Bowen too.

But West Ham’s bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur are said to be interested in Traore too according to the likes of The Sun and Sky Sports.

Again it is not the first time Tottenham have been linked. There was a lot of talk Spurs wanted Traore when Nuno Espirito Santo took charge after Jose Mourinho’s departure.

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Spurs links to Adama Traore are surely a red herring hangover so West Ham should not be discouraged

And that in itself surely suggests the Spurs links are a red herring hangover speculation from the Nuno era at Tottenham.

As is the case every transfer window – particularly when there is not a lot happening – old links tend to get rehashed.

Surely that is the case with the Tottenham Traore talk. So West Ham should not be discouraged if Moyes is genuinely interested.

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Is Traore really an Antonio Conte player? On the face of it it appears highly unlikely.

Indeed if West Ham and Tottenham are both vying for the 25-year-old and Traore was eyeing more game time then he would undoubtedly join the Hammers.

At Spurs he would have Harry Kane, Lucas Moura, Heung-Min Son, Bryan Gil, Steven Bergwijn and Dele Alli as competition.

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Moyes has been relying on Antonio as his only striker since selling Sebastien Haller one year ago.

So at the London Stadium Traore would only be competing with or supporting Antonio up front.

And he could also play in either of the wide forward roles if needed too.

The prospect of Traore and Antonio up front in the same team would terrify defences. And with reports suggesting he would cost less than £20m it would not be a huge gamble.

The move makes much more sense from West Ham’s point of view than it does Tottenham’s.

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