West Ham United are reportedly central to an agent’s attempts to get forward Bertrand Traore a move this summer.
According to Football Insider Ligue 1 side Lyon are looking to sell the 24-year-old three years after he left Chelsea to move to France.
Football Insider claims a ‘recruitment source’ has told them that Scottish agent and intermediary Paul Tait has been given the UK mandate by Lyon to find buyers for the Burkina Faso forward.
Agent hawking Traore to West Ham and Prem rivals
Football Insider reports that West Ham – along with Burnley, Newcastle and Crystal Palace – are interested in doing a deal.
But studious David Moyes has made it clear he will not have players foisted on him by agents.
The Scot has the final say on all West Ham transfers, insisting he wouldn’t do the job if that was not the case (Claret & Hugh).
But key to Moyes’s vision for West Ham is to implement his tried and trusted recruitment policy.
Studious Moyes won’t have players foisted on him
Moyes likes to watch players he is targeting around five times in the flesh before making a decision on whether to bring them in.
It is not clear whether he has kept tabs on Traore in the past.
But the fact the agent of the Lyon forward is actively hawking him around to various clubs is a bit of a red flag.
After scoring 18 goals and racking up seven assists in his first season at Lyon, Traore has been on the wane since.
He made only 14 Ligue 1 starts last term and managed just one goal.
As a result Traore has slipped down the pecking order at Lyon.
Moyes has made it clear he wants to do away with West Ham’s incoherent, scattergun approach to transfers which often relies heavily on one or two particular agents.
Scot vowed to move away from failed West Ham recruitment model
Moyes wants to sign players to fit his team, a philosophy and a style rather than simply because they are available or a certain agent can get them the move.
Eberechi Eze is said to be the Scot’s prime target (Evening Standard).
But regardless West Ham must sell to buy first anyway (Claret & Hugh).
And besides Albian Ajeti’s impending move to Celtic, there does not seem to be much movement in that sense.
Attempts to offload Felipe Anderson have thus far proved fruitless according to West Ham insiders Claret & Hugh.
In terms of position, Traore would be a natural replacement for Anderson.
But Eze is the player Moyes, and West Ham fans, want as the club’s new playmaker.