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The Hammers- having gained a work permit for Monaco striker Lacina Traore – are now set to hammer out personal terms with the 6ft 8in striker.

Although the Londoners now look certain to sign the player Claretandhugh has learned that personal terms still have to be agreed.

That’s why a deal was agreed late last night to offer Carlton Cole an 18-month contract to ensure the club was never again without striker back-up.

Sources inside the club have told us exclusively that talks will soon be underway with Traore and that a deal of around £45,000 a week is in the pipeline.

But he has not played since October and will take a couple of weeks to get up to speed – thus there is no urgency to getting the deal finalised.

A source told us exclusively: “We wouldn’t have come this far in getting a work permit if we weren’t pretty certain we couldn’t get the deal done on personal terms.

“There was a long discussion about whether Carlton should be offered a short or long term deal and it wasn’t until late on Tuesday night we decided to go for the 18 months.

“We can’t leave the club in a situation again where we are left with only one striker on our books.”

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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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  • Michael Miller says:

    There’s a lot of Twiiter talk about his lack of match fitness and it’s also been mentioned he may have a hamstring problem – could this be Deja Vu all over again!

    • Hugh5outhon1895 says:

      I’m told he’ll be fit in two to three weeks – Russian season ended in October – played against Liverpool in Europe. Think the injury is just ‘****ter’ from what told Mike

      • Hugh5outhon1895 says:

        Bit like yourself little known really but if Monaco paid £15m must be a bit handy and clearly a Sam type striker

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