Maiga mystery deepens
West Ham have heard nothing of Modibo Maiga since he was reported as having gone missing from the Metz squad which was beaten 3-1 by Marseilles at the weekend.
Reports in France claim the player could be on his way back to London but West Ham sources told ClaretandHugh within the last few minutes: “We know nothing about his wherabouts at all.
He added: “We had noticed that Metz only had the six subs and that Maiga wasn’t on the bench but the rest of it is news to us.
“We’ve heard nothing from the player. He’s on a season loan and it can’t be broken, though with our approval he could move to a different club in January.”
Maiga’s absence has not been explained by coach Albert Cartier who remains tight lipped.
But according to L’Equipe, the relationship between the coach and on loan striker has broken down.
It is claimed the two men had words at training on Thursday when Maiga realized he would not start at the Velodrome. He has scored four goals in 10 games since the start of the season.