Maiga rejects big pay-off


modibomaigaWest Ham ‘outcast’ Modibo Maiga has been offered a seven figure sum to leave the club.

But the striker – who was even denied a run-out with the Development Squad in a pre-season friendly against Woking earlier this week – has not accepted a pay-off deal.

Maiga is now so far out in the cold that the club believed he may be ready to take his pay-off and kick-start his career either here or in France.

But at the moment Maiga is staying put, perhaps believing that an improved offer will be made by the Irons.

ClaretandHugh was told exclusively the offer had been made over recent days and had been refused,

But a well placed source said: “At the moment Modibo is sitting tight. However, the moment may come when he realises his career is slipping away and decides to take what’s on offer.

“There’s no question that both he and the club need to move on from what hasn’t been a very happy association.”

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • IronsAndJags says:

    He might be thinking that he just has to wait 6 games into the season and he’ll have a fresh start with a new manager.

    He has never looked good for us, but to be fair, I don’t think he was ever played in a system that he could fit in to. He spent most of the start of last season forced to pretend to be Andy Carroll, but that clearly isn’t a role he’s suited to. Considering all of Maiga’s competitive goals have come as a sub, he could have a use, to the right manager, as an impact player – cutting in from the right (which is where I think he looked best).

    However, saying that, I’d rather see Elliot Lee get a run in the team before Maiga is given another chance.

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