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Maiga stay at Metz unlikely after relegation

maigaFrench team Metz were relegated straight back to French Ligue 2 on Saturday as they suffered a crushing 4-0 defeat to Lorient.

Hammer Modibo Maiga joined Metz at the beginning of this season on a one-year loan deal with an option to buy. Maiga signed West Ham for a reported £4.7m from Sochaux scoring 6 goals for the Hammers from 37 appearances.

Metz were thought to paying just £6,000 of Maiga £30,000 per week wages but even that may be too high a fee to pay in Ligue 2. He has one year remaining on his West Ham contract worth around £1.5m in wages. A return to West Ham in the summer looks likely now unless a new loan or permanent deal can be found elsewhere.

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9 comments on “Maiga stay at Metz unlikely after relegation

  1. Get him back now and drop Nolan and play him up front with Valencia it’s got to be better than nothing.

  2. Saw they got relegated earlier,god knows what we are going to do with him.Send him on loan again next season i guess.Got to be another newly promoted team in france who will take him 😉

  3. Keep him. Replacement for Cole. You can also try him out with Carroll, Sakho or Valencia upfront. Maybe it’ll work out with a new manager and a more positive approach to attacking football. The wages are sunk costs anyway. So instead of paying him off why not keep him to bolster our attacking options ? We need a big sqaud anyway, especially if we do play in the Europa League. Saves us paying another transfer fee as well.

  4. Nah he wont stay Barking Beefburger,he will get shipped out i think.He didnt produce first time round,couldnt even get in QPR’s team last season in the championship.I think he will be back out on loan come next season 😉

  5. I noticed Nolan failed again to get into Garth Crook’s team of the week. Perhaps Maiga might have more luck next season!

  6. Please no, maiga no… Sell him asap along with cole and carroll. Zarate returns to base, I would give another year to Nene, Lee + another new forward (Austin for example).
    Next year we could have: Sakho, Valencia, Lee, Zarate, Nene and Austin. Not bad.
    Personal opinion.

  7. It’s easy to say “sell him or loan him out!”. Thing is his current value is low, so you wont be getting much and another team probably won’t pay the majority of his wages either.
    My point simpy is: We will need a big squad next season, especially if we get Europa League football and a new manager who knows how to properly rotate a squad.
    Instead of losing more money by paying Maiga off or sending him to another club while still paying his wages I reckon Maiga is at least a striker we can use occasionally in a rotation and definitely from the bench.
    He doesn’t cost us a transfer fee and he can replace Cole.
    The money we save on Maiga’s transfer fee can be spent on other players coming in to bolster our squad. Maiga is not a bad player. He deserves a proper chance.
    He scored reasonably well in a really bad Metz team.

  8. I understand your logic Hamburg but under those rules you will want to keep Nolan for one more year ?
    We can replace Cole with Lee,
    I would like to see if a new manager could get anything out of him but my problem with him is his work rate and ball skill

  9. I’ve just seen that SA has rejected a 2 year deal with us!
    Please be true, why even offer in the 1st place.
    I was sent a screen shot so I can’t see what paper the story has come from, but the journalist was John percy

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